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Pta_crossing_magPHILADELPHIA PA--Philadelphia garnered national attention last year when the number of homicides in the city dropped to a 46-year low, and all other violent crimes fell along with it.

As the first half of this year draws to a close, that trend is continuing.

Police reported 7,174 violent crimes from Jan. 1 to June 22, a decrease of 8 percent from the same period in 2013. The number of homicides is also down slightly: There were 112 slayings as of June 26, compared with 115 that time last year.

"It's certainly good news," said Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA. "But I think, obviously, the 112 homicide victims that we have so far, those 112 families and all the communities they leave behind would say this is too many."