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Topic - John Roman
Homicides edged up in 2013 in the District, a year after hitting their lowest mark in more than half a century.
Two similar attacks on women in the District have prompted concern that the Internet-fueled youth violence phenomenon called the "knockout" game has taken hold in the city — but criminologists say the history of such attacks stretch back years and happen less frequently than perceived.
After approaching nearly 500 slayings a year in the early 1990s, the annual rate in the District has gradually declined to the point that the city is now on the verge of a once-unthinkable milestone.
"When you have just a handful, it's more important to understand the facts of each of those cases," said John Roman, criminologist with the D.C.-based Justice Policy Center. "If you have some sort of tragic murder, a family murder-suicide, you've doubled a safe place's homicide rate."
"Just saying its just criminals engaging in criminal lifestyles misses some real opportunities to work on some places that have been poisoned and can be inoculated against violence," Mr. Roman said.