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Chicago reports 435th homicide, tying 2011 tally

CHICAGO — Chicago has recorded its 435th homicide so far this year, the same number it reported in all of 2011, officials said.

A man who had been shot in the chest was found dead in his South Side home Sunday, police said. His death was one of six fatal shootings in the city from Friday through Sunday.

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Chicago’s homicide rate has made national headlines for much of the year, starting in the spring when police reported the number of slayings was about 60 percent higher than for same period last year.

Since then, the rate has slowed down considerably as police focus much of their attention on street gangs that have been linked to the majority of shooting deaths.

Also Monday, the FBI announced that the number of violent crimes reported to police nationwide decreased 3.8 percent last year to 1.2 million, the fifth straight year of declines.

In the same period, the total number of property crimes reported to law enforcement agencies went down by 0.5 percent to 9 million, the ninth consecutive year that figure has fallen, the FBI said. Property crimes resulted in estimated losses of $156.6 billion.

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