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Newark mayoral candidates address murder spike


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Candidates for mayor of New Jersey’s largest city are bringing attention to Newark’s rising murder rate.

Shavar Jeffries held a news conference Monday near the site of a Christmas night shooting that left two teenagers dead and another seriously wounded.

Ras Baraka had met with relatives of one of the teens on Sunday, while councilman and mayoral candidate Anibal Ramos is asking state senators to push for federal funds for public safety in Newark.

Police haven’t released a motive for the shooting on a residential block near Interstate 78. The 13-year-old female victim was shot while taking out the trash.

Newark has topped 100 murders for the first time since 2006, when city police counted 107. The number of murders has risen steadily since dropping to 67 in 2008.