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07/09/2012 02:04 pm ET | Updated Jul 09, 2012

16 Murders In New York City In Five Days: Mom Allegedly Kills Son, Three Men Shot 'Over A Girl'

Over a 5-day stretch beginning on July Fourth and ending Sunday, 16 New Yorkers were killed. Some lowlights:

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17 people were shot on July Fourth alone in New York City.

And although shooting are up 10.9 percent compared to the same time last year, the number of murders is down.

“The last four years have been the four safest in city history, but the week when the Fourth of July falls has been bloody every single year,” Stu Loesser, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, told The New York Post. “We’ve brought crime down lower and lower, but it’s important to note that after there were 18 homicides in the Fourth of July week in 2011, 18 in 2010, and 11 in 2009, each year ended up at or near historic murder lows.”

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