Homicides in the City of Brotherly Love are up 20 percent after dipping slightly the last two years.
Currently there are 85 murder victims compared to 71 homicides this time last year, according to the Philadelphia Police Department. This follows a four-year trend in rising murder rates after the city experienced a significant decrease in 2013.
“The highest motive we’re seeing is arguments between people … which can be difficult to anticipate,” said Philadelphia police spokesman Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.
He added that these arguments are not necessarily between friends, relatives or even people who know each other. They are “disputes that turn violent,” he said.
Despite the uptick, shootings are down 5 percent overall. The paradox is difficult to explain, but Kinebrew credits police with maintaining a strong presence on the streets and forging lasting relationships with the communities they patrol.
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