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Report: 45% of Philly homicides went unsolved in last decade

July 26, 2018 GMT

By Staff

In Philadelphia, where 307 homicides were reported last year, arrests were made in just 55 percent of slayings from 2007 through 2016, and more homicides went unsolved in the city and nationwide during the decade when the victim was black, a new study has found.

According to the homicide data, published in the Washington Post this week, the nation’s 55 largest cities reported 54,990 homicides during that decade, half of which resulted in no arrests. When the victim was white, arrests were made in 63 percent of those slayings, compared to 47 percent when the victim was black, the study reported. Philadelphia reported 3,037 homicides, the vast majority of victims — 2,359 — African American. Among the other victims, 373 were Hispanic, 256 white, and 48 Asian.

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