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Murders Soared 30 Percent in 2020 in Largest Annual Increase on Record

Police tape at a crime scene in Chicago, Ill., in 2017. (Joshua Lott/Reuters) Murders soared 30 percent in the U.S. from 2019 to 2020 in the steepest single-year increase on record for the FBI. More than 21,000 homicides were reported in 2020, reaching a pinnacle during the summer of the pandemic, according to the agency’s…