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Flint breaks 25-year-old murder record

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Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Just a day after tying a record set in 1986, Flint recorded its 62nd homicide of the year. The body of a man was found slumped over in a car parked on a city street.

At a news conference this morning, before the latest murder victim was found, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling blamed the spike in violence in his city on the loss of jobs.

“I cannot explain why a person chooses to take another person’s life. What we are coming to understand is when jobs move out, drugs move in. When you combine drugs and desperation you get crime and violence.”

Mayor Walling is asking for the community’s cooperation in helping get those responsible for crimes in the community off the streets.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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