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    Puerto Rico in second place in U.S. violent deaths rate

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2002.

    SAN JUAN
    (AP) – FBI statistics reveal that Puerto Rico occupies second place in the violent deaths rate increase in all the United States, a record only surpassed by Washington D.C.
    The report establishes that 19.4 murders are registered per 100,000 citizens, according to published reports.

    The agency statistics indicate that in 2001, 744 murders were reported on the island, which reflects 177 more murders for a 31.21% increase when compared with 1999 numbers, when 567 violent deaths were reported.

    However, other violent crimes, such as rape and armed robbery, reflect a decrease, when compared with last year’s numbers, when 187 rapes were reported versus 228 cases registered in the previous year, which is 18% less.
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