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Focus on high-crime areas cited in homicide fall in Mass.

The number of homicides statewide plummeted 39 percent last year over 2011, according to figures provided by State Police, who attributed the dramatic decline in part to a more vigorous focus on violence-plagued areas.

“We’re targeting the impact players and going into the areas we know where the violent crime occurs,’’ said Lieutenant Colonel Francis Matthews, commander of the Division of Investigative Services.

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