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December 19, 2011 at 3:31 PM

King County had fewest homicides in 3 decades last year

— From The Associated Press:

King County saw its fewest homicides in at least three decades last year.

 The Medical Examiner’s Office released its statistics for 2010 today. The report shows that 59 people in Washington’s most populous county were victims of homicide last year.

According to King County Public Health spokeswoman Katie Ross, that’s the fewest since at least 1980, the oldest year for which records were immediately available.

Homicides were down from 63 in 2009 and from a recent high of 93 in 2002 and 2003.

Suicides were also down last year to the lowest number since 2004. Some 232 people killed themselves in 2010, compared to 253 in 2009.

Overall, the Medical Examiner’s Office investigated 2,060 deaths last year.

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