In 2012, the Fairfax County Police Department handled a total of 16 homicides in the area — five more than were reported in 2011.
Fifteen of the 2012 cases have already been solved or closed, says police public information officer Lucy Caldwell.
In 2011, 11 homicides were reported.
Before then, the numbers vary: 16 homicides were reported in 2010, 14 in 2009 and 19 in 2008.
Caldwell said the majority of the homicides that happen in Fairfax County occur among family members, acquaintances or people who know each other — not between strangers.
In Reston, there were two homicides in 2012.
Ali will go on trial for the murder charges in 2013.
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The brother, Charles Hamilton, has been charged with murder.