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Jacksonville two homicides away from setting a record

Murray Hill Mass Murder Victims
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Updated: 12/06/2013 11:48 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville is about to reach a new high but it's not one local leaders will boast about.

There have been 108 homicides so far this year. Three more and we'll exceed last year's total of 110. Eighty-eight of those deaths were murders, many remain unsolved.

"I'm very frustrated. Killers are running around the street doing whatever they want to and we're still grieving here with my nephew," said Sabrina Johnson, Derek Williams' aunt.

Williams was one of four young people shot to death inside his Murray Hill home one month ago.

As of Friday, no arrests and no one held accountable. The killer who opened fire on two young girls over the summer is also still at large.

"It's just horrible how they can take lives like that and go on living day to day," said Johnson.

We did some digging, and using Jacksonville Sheriff's Office crime-mapping data, we were able to pinpoint the top five ZIP codes for homicide. About 20 percent of the homicides happened in 32209 this year, giving that neighborhood the number one spot.

We found at least eight incidents in both 32206 and 32254.

The bottom two were 32218 and 32210.

After a few phone calls, we put together the total homicide numbers from both Orange County and Miami Dade to compare them to ours. Orange County, with just over a million people, has seen 44 homicides this year so far. Miami-Dade, a county more than twice our size, saw 121 people killed.

With 25 days left in the year, local families hope Jacksonville is done with the killings.

"We want peace," said Johnson.
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