- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - A recent report shows an increase in violent crime in Durham in the first nine months of this year, compared to the same time last year.

Multiple news outlets report the new statistics were released Monday. The report covers crime in the city from January through September of this year.

During that time, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez says Durham experienced a 16 percent increase in violent crime. Lopez says the increase was driven by a 47 percent increase in homicides and a 17 percent increase in robberies and aggravated assaults.

So far 34 people have been killed in Durham in 2015.

Lopez linked the increase to a number of issues including infighting among gangs, friends and relatives, and young people settling their disputes with weapons.

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