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4 found slain in Detroit home; homicides spiking

DETROIT — Four people were found shot to death in a Detroit home, authorities said Wednesday, adding to a homicide total that already has surpassed last year’s.

Officers discovered the bodies of a teenage boy, two men, and a woman Tuesday night at a home in an east-side neighborhood.

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Investigators believed the killings were drug-related, police spokeswoman Yvette Walker said.

The Wayne County medical examiner’s office identified the victims as Shawn Bender, 16; Janetta Harris, 22; Jason Koester, 28; and Dyrelle Davis, 34. Harris died of multiple gunshot wounds, while the other three were shot in the head, according to the office.

The block where the bodies were found has about two dozen two-story homes.

Like many Detroit neighborhoods, several of the homes are vacant.

The killings were the latest in what has been a particularly violent year in Detroit.

The city announced last week that homicides rose this year, reaching 354 through Thanksgiving after totaling 344 for all of 2011.

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