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Jackson has 6th highest murder rate in America

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

According to stats from the 24/7 Wall Street, Jackson has the 6th highest murder rate per capita. Thursday's shooting turned Kristen Bennett from an 18 year old to the 55th homicide of the year.

The 24/7 Wall Street study is based on the FBI's Uniform Crime Report for 2015. It shows Jackson had 31-point-1 intentional killings for every 100-thousand residents, giving it the sixth highest murder rate in the US.

To help, the city has recently enrolled in a federal program called the Violence Reduction Network.

"We will work with JPD and see what they need, whether it's training, technical resources, trying to find grants for new programs," said Chief Dan Isom, the Liaison for the Violence Reduction Network. "Just try it and see if it works,"

An important distinction: A homicide is any killing, but a murder is an intentional homicide. In 2015 there were 58 homicides, but only 53 murders.

"We are going to pull out all the stops. We're going to do everything that we can to minimize the amount of people that get shot and killed in the city," said Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance.

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