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Fairfax County Homicides Up in 2012

Five more homicides occurred in the county in 2012 than in 2011.

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.

In June,

Ali will go on trial for the murder charges in 2013.

In October, professor and life coach

The brother, Charles Hamilton, has been charged with murder.

John Pinkman January 07, 2013 at 03:46 PM
It is amazing how this subject has come up in my life in the past two days. I was in Chicago over the weekend and at lunch with my niece. She shared a story how the entire city, particularly the media, was behind a late December campaign to keep the murder rate at 499. Stories read - come on Chicago we can do it, let's not break 500 again this year. The campaign didn't last 48 hours with the murder of yet another victim. The next day in a cab on the way to the airport, we passed a tow truck with a wrecked car piggybacked on its flatbed. It was sad because there was blood all over the backend. Shortly thereafter it passed us a second time and we had a closer look. My son sitting next to me said in a shocking way, "dad look at the front look look at the front door!" There were six large bullet holes in the front door and upon further review it appeared that all the windows on the driver side were shot out. Of course there were days many years ago in Fairfax and Reston when a murder was highly unusual, perhaps one murder per year. Nonetheless that murder was a tragedy for those people involved. But keeping things in context I choose Reston.

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