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Gang Murders Remain a Plague in Santa Ana : Gang Killings Resist Trend

December 18, 1995

With the year nearly over, gang-related murders in Santa Ana run counter to the city's total murder and overall crime picture. Here's how 1994 compares to the first 11 months of 1995 in Santa Ana:

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% change 1994 1995 Gang-related homicides 5% 41 43 Total homicides -12% 74 65 Rape -20% 80 64 Robbery -36% 1,771 1,136 Assault -9% 1,154 1,054 Burglaries -18% 2,452 2,004 Auto theft -24% 3,726 2,823 Larceny -19% 8,392 6,759 Arson -24% 391 296

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Sources: Orange County coroner, Santa Ana Police Department

Researched by GEOFF BOUCHER/For The Times

Murder by the numbers

Percentage of 1994 gang-related murder victims identified as having gang ties: 83

Percentage of 1994 gang murders committed with guns: 100

Average age of 1994 shooters: 19

Average age of 1994 victims: 18

Gang murders as percentage of all Santa Ana murders, 1994: 55

Gang murders as percentage of all Santa Ana murders, 1995*: 66

Santa Ana gang murders as a percentage of county total, 1994: 22

Santa Ana gang murders as a percentage of county total, 1995*: 27

* As of Nov. 30

Sources: Orange County coroner, Santa Ana Police Department

Researched by GEOFF BOUCHER/For The Times

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