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Lifelong City of Mount Vernon resident Ronnelle Goodman, (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Lifelong City of Mount Vernon resident Ronnelle Goodman, 25, talks outside City Hall about the spike in homicides this year. He said he recently looked at his high school yearbook and counted several classmates who have been killed in the past few years. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Mount Vernon homicide rate spikes in 2012

The homicide rate in Mount Vernon in 2012 was more than the previous two years combined. Residents and Mayor Ernie Davis voice their concern, and reflect on possible causes for the increase. (Jan. 2, 2012)

Lifelong City of Mount Vernon resident Ronnelle Goodman,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Lifelong City of Mount Vernon resident Ronnelle Goodman, 25, talks outside City Hall about the spike in homicides this year. He said he recently looked at his high school yearbook and counted several classmates who have been killed in the past few years. (Dec. 13, 2012)

City of Mount Vernon resident Kala Drakes, 18,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

City of Mount Vernon resident Kala Drakes, 18, talks outside City Hall about the spike in homicides this year. She said she thinks more after-school programs would help stem the violence. (Dec. 13, 2012)

City of Mount Vernon resident Jemini Davis, 18,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

City of Mount Vernon resident Jemini Davis, 18, talks outside City Hall about the spike in homicides this year. Davis moved from the Bronx two years ago, and said he is more concerned for his safety in Mount Vernon. (Dec. 13, 2012)

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Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis speaks during an
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis speaks during an interview in his office at City Hall. (Dec. 13, 2012)

City of Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis gets
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

City of Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis gets a message during an interview in his office at City Hall by Special Assistant to the Mayor Shari Harris. (Dec. 13, 2012)

City of Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis speaks
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

City of Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis speaks during an interview in his office at City Hall. (Dec. 13, 2012)

City of Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis speaks
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

City of Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis speaks during an interview in his office at City Hall. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis and Police Commissioner
(Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis and Police Commissioner Carl Bell, at the podium, hold a news conference at City Hall regarding the murder of a local woman and arrest of suspect Lucius Crawford. Crawford has a history of stabbing women. (Dec. 5, 2012)

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City of Mount Vernon Police Chief John Roland
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

City of Mount Vernon Police Chief John Roland speaks at a press conference at City Hall regarding the murder of a local woman and arrest of suspect Lucius Crawford. Crawford has a history of stabbing women. (Dec. 5, 2012)

Mount Vernon Police Department crime scene investigators, right,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Mount Vernon Police Department crime scene investigators, right, work to gather evidence from the basement apartment at 7 Beekman Ave. in Mount Vernon, the residence of murder suspect Lucius Crawford. (Dec. 5, 2012)

The Westchester County medical examiner arrives to transport
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

The Westchester County medical examiner arrives to transport the body of a stabbing victim from the scene at 7 Beekman Ave. in Mount Vernon. (Dec. 4, 2012)

Rachelle Leger, landlady and resident at 7 Beekman
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Rachelle Leger, landlady and resident at 7 Beekman Ave. in Mount Vernon, runs past the police tape while police respond to the scene of a fatal stabbing at the address. (Dec. 4, 2012)

Yonkers police cold case Det. John Geiss, center,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Yonkers police cold case Det. John Geiss, center, speaks with colleagues at the scene of a fatal stabbing at 7 Beekman Ave. in Mount Vernon. (Dec. 4, 2012)

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Beekman Avenue resident Linda Earl describes her neighborhood
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Beekman Avenue resident Linda Earl describes her neighborhood as quiet while Mount Vernon police respond to the scene of a fatal stabbing at 7 Beekman Ave. in Mount Vernon. (Dec. 4, 2012)

City of Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis ceremoniously
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

City of Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis ceremoniously cuts the ribbon at opening of the new police sub-station, or 1st Precinct, at Levister Towers in Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon has been hit hard with shootings this year, and many residents have called for increased police efforts. (Sept. 13, 2012)

City of Mount Vernon police officers stand by
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

City of Mount Vernon police officers stand by as Mayor Ernie Davis speaks at the opening of the new police sub-station, or 1st Precinct, at Levister Towers in Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon has been hit hard with shootings this year, and many residents have called for increased police efforts. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Carl Bell, center, flanked
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Carl Bell, center, flanked by Chief John Roland, left, and Mayor Ernie Davis, right speaks during a news conference held at City Hall in Mount Vernon after the second shooting of the week occurred in front of a store on the corner of West First Street and South 15th Avenue in Mount Vernon. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Police think the violence may be related to

Police think the violence may be related to large house parties being stage in the city. (Aug. 31, 2012)

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