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FBI report: Kansas City one of 7 cities responsible for national rise in violent crime

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For cities with at least 400,000 residents, Kansas City's murder rate was the fifth highest. The homicide rate increased from 78 deaths in 2014 to 109 in 2015. (KCTV5) For cities with at least 400,000 residents, Kansas City's murder rate was the fifth highest. The homicide rate increased from 78 deaths in 2014 to 109 in 2015. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The rise of violent crime in Kansas City is getting national attention. 

Kansas City was one of seven cities singled out in the FBI's report on crime statistics. 

For cities with at least 400,000 residents, Kansas City's murder rate was the fifth highest. The homicide rate increased from 78 deaths in 2014 to 109 in 2015. 

The report said that Kansas City, along with Chicago, Houston, Washington D.C., Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, were largely responsible for the national increase in crime. 

The number surprised Kansas City resident Adam Brown. 

"That is a shock," Brown said. "Because we are such a smaller market. You don't see it. I mean, I don't ever walk around Kansas City, especially downtown, and feel like I'm in danger." 

Katrina Robertson said she's concerned that the growing crime rate will be the new normal in Kansas City. 

"There's a lot of senseless murders and it seems to just to become more consistent," Robertson said. "We're hearing it every day and we're also hearing a number of crimes, a number of murders that have been committed over the weekends." 

Damon Daniel of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime said the crime involving young people is particularly troubling. 

"We're at close to 30 percent of the homicides that we've had have been young people under the age of 24," Daniel said. "So, that's got to be troubling when you think about the vitality of our region."

Daniel said that investment in education and other opportunities is important to bringing down the crime rate among younger people. 

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