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10:02 am
Sat November 28, 2009

Murders near Record

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa nears record homicides

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Police in Tulsa say a slew of recent killings has Tulsa's homicide rate approaching a record level as December approaches.

The 63 slayings investigated this year are close behind the record of 69 set in 2003 and police say the month of December is traditionally a month that is marred by violence.

Sgt. Mike Huff says that although the number of deaths is higher than usual, the number of cases cleared by the Tulsa Police Department's homicide unit remains above the national average.

Records show that roughly 80 percent of the cases are considered solved, compared to about 60 percent nationwide.

Most recently, police found 34-year-old Alvaro DeLeon shot after a domestic dispute. Eighteen-year-old Pedro Gaeta has been charged in the Nov. 21 killing but is still at large.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com