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4 slayings bring Philadelphia to record 505 murders for year


PHILADELPHIA -- The City of Brotherly Love set a new record for homicides yesterday with the killing of a woman in a neighborhood bar in South Philadelphia followed by a triple homicide in a suspected crack house on the West Side.

The deaths brought to 505 the number of homicides in Philadelphia this year, eclipsing the record of 501 set last year.

Philadelphia became the fifth major city this year to set a homicide record, joining New York, Dallas, San Antonio and Phoenix.

"We're still seeing the national trend," said Police Commissioner Willie L. Williams. "Everybody knows America is the most violent country in the world. . . ."

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