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NATION IN BRIEF : LOUISIANA : '89 Killings a Record for New Orleans

December 19, 1989|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Killings in the French Quarter received widespread publicity but drug-related shootings in low-income areas made 1989 New Orleans' most murderous year on record, the head of the police force said. Two unrelated weekend killings brought the city's murder total so far this year to 242, two above the 1979 record of 240, Police Supt. Warren Woodfork said. Almost 60% of the slayings were drug-related and about 40% took place in public housing projects.

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