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Baltimore Homicides Reach 200 for the Year

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Eight months into the year Baltimore's homicide count has hit the 200 mark.           

August's 11th slaying, a fatal shooting Monday of a man in northeast Baltimore, pushed the city's homicide total to 200 - a dramatic rise from 2014, when the city saw 211 killings for the year. This grim milestone comes on the heels of another: with 45 homicides recorded in July, Baltimore saw its bloodiest month since 1972.          

Killings began to spike dramatically in Baltimore in May, with 42 homicides in a single month. There was a brief dip in June, which saw 29 killings, which then shot up again in July.           

The uptick in violent crime prompted Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis to form a task force with ten federal agents imbedded with homicide detectives.

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