Puerto Rico matches number of killings for 2010

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Posted: Nov 12, 2011 1:22 PM
Puerto Rico matches number of killings for 2010

Puerto Rico has equaled the number of killings reported for all of last year when the U.S. Caribbean territory marked its second highest number of slayings ever.

Police said Saturday that 983 people have been killed so far this year. The most recent killing was that of a driver shot several times in the face Saturday in the central mountain town of Cidra.

The victim had previously been charged with robbery and drug possession.

A record 995 people were killed in 1994 in this island of 4 million people.

Police say the majority of slayings are drug-related.