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BOSTON — Boston Police investigated the murders of 62 victims in 2011, according to the year-end tally from the department released Wednesday (PDF).
(Click the interactive map above for victim names and further information about their homicides.)
The 2011 figure is a 16 percent drop from 2010, when there were 74 victims. 2010's count was the city's highest annual total in the last five years; the five-year average is about 63 victims a year.
Overall, serious crime, which includes homicides, dropped 8 percent in Boston last year, compared to 2010 figures, Boston Police announced Tuesday.
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