- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - More police are taking to the streets in New Jersey’s largest city after five people were killed over a two-day period.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on Thursday announced officers are being moved from their desks to patrols in hopes of stemming the violence.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office says it began when 32-year-old Andre Singh and another man were shot on Sanford Avenue. Singh died at a hospital on Wednesday.

Dashir Donaldson was gunned down on Ridgewood Avenue early Wednesday.

George Cuevas was stabbed after 3 p.m. and Michael Dantzler was shot and killed in his home just before 8 p.m. Wednesday.

A young male was found shot to death early Thursday.

There have been 58 homicides in Newark this year compared to 55 during the same period in 2014.

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