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San Jose matches homicide milestone

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- San Jose has matched a milestone that residents and city officials would have rather avoided.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/Sqou16 ) that a homicide Friday night is the 43rd homicide of the year in the city _ matching a two-decade high.

Police say the victim was a 17-year-old boy, who was gunned down on a residential street. The killing is believed to be gang-related.

Recognized for years as one of the safest big cities in America, San Jose is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of homicides.

The Mercury News says the 43 homicides so far this year, tops the 41 killings in 2011, which was double the previous year's tally.

Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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