San Antonio saw a 61 percent increase in homicides over the past year — 151 murders total — making 2016 the city's deadliest in 21 years. This is the highest homicide rate increase from 2015 out of the country's twenty largest police departments.
This data, however, doesn't exactly come as a surprise. By August, the San Antonio's homicide count had surpassed the city's total for 2015. This came shortly after the FBI released startling new data on the city's violent crime rate — at 5.9 crimes committed per 1,000 people, the city had far surpassed the country's 2.8 average.
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