St. Louis nears record homicide with 4 deaths on Christmas Eve

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Four fatal Christmas Eve shootings made the St. Louis homicide toll absolutely affordable.

At least 257 people have been killed in St. Louis this year, 10 fewer than the 1993 record of 267, according to police.

But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that due to the city’s low population, its homicide rate is now believed to exceed 85 per 100,000 people. It was 69 per 100,000 in 1993 when the city’s population was 30% larger than it is now.

Adding to the intensity of the violence in the area, two fatalities were killed by two men in the nearby university city. Neither police department on Friday released further details of the shooting.

Police said it began shortly after midnight Thursday when a man was shot in the head near the intersection of Highway 44 and 70. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police found a man shot dead at about 5 am Thursday in a car in a neighborhood in the south near the Mississippi River.

Shooting at 2:30 pm. In a downtown district, two men were killed, police said.

Police said that the two deaths in the university city occurred around 3:30 pm.

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