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Murder rate in DC doubles

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WASHINGTON - Four people have been murdered in Washington, D.C. in the last 24 hours, and the year-to-date murder rate has doubled.

There have always been homicides in Washington, D.C., but the number of them was much larger 20 years ago:  in 1994, the city recorded 399 murders. 

By 2004, it was down to 198 murders.  By 2012 there were only 88 homicides.  In 2013, the number rose to to 104, but that included the  dozen people killed in a single incident at the Washington Navy Yard shootings in September. 

Very recently, the trend has spiked upward sharply.  In the first two months of 2014, there were 23 homicides in D.C.  In the first two months of last year, there were only 12 homicides.  If you count the first day in March, the total number of victims climbs to 25.

Homicide detective Anthony Haythe was asked if the department is concerned about the spike in murders.  "Every murder concerns me, working in homicide," Haythe said.  "Every murder that occurs in the District gets a great deal of attention.  We've devoted extra resources, extra manpower, as far as patrol is concerned.  We have detectives working around the clock.  [They] have not been home, trying to get these cases closed." 

Here are details on the latest four murders:

On Friday evening, just before 8:00, gunfire broke out in the city's Deanwood neighborhood -- a lot of gunfire.  "Multiple gunshots," recalls resident Michael Sharp.  "A volley of about eleven [shots], and then another volley of about eight."

Police say two brothers were gunned down on Lee Street, NE, right across the street from the Antioch Baptist Church.  Both were killed. 

They have been identified as 26-year-old Jason Emmanuel Bryant, and 34-year-old Khalid Jamal Bryant.  The two slain brothers, until a few months ago, had lived together in a basement apartment on Meade Street, NE, only a few blocks from where they were killed.  Former neighbors said they were good men who never caused trouble. 

At 12:20 a.m., Saturday, 46-year-old Andre McIntyre of NW D.C. was found unconscious on the 3700 block of D Street, SE.  Police say he suffered trauma to the head.  He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

At 3:00 Saturday morning, a man was gunned down on the 4800 block of 9th Street, NW.  He has been identified as Billy Andrew Harris, who sometimes lived at a transitional house for offenders on Spring Road, NW.  In the past, the 51-year-old victim had been charged with assault and domestic violence, but court records indicate he was generally found 'not guilty' or the cases were dismissed. 

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