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With 8 homicides so far, July one of deadliest months ever

ROCKFORD(AP) – July is not quite over, but it’s already been one Rockford’s deadliest months ever as the number of homicides nearly doubled the total for all of 2013.

So far, there ahve been eight homicides – two more than the six homicides recorded from January to June this year.

“It’s a hard time for the community with all this violence, and the Rockford Police Department is doing everything we can ... to solve as quickly as we can all of these investigations,” Lt. Marc Walsh said.

The slayings, which Walsh said were “all more or less isolated,” and had little in common, included the drive-by shooting of 15-year-old girl gunned down while standing outside her family’s home and the slaying of a 75-year-old woman who apparently was the victim of domestic violence.

Walsh would not offer details in the investigations, but said detectives have made progress in all of them.

With the eight homicides, the city is on a pace to end the year with about two dozen, which would make 2013 the deadliest year since 1996, when the city had a record 31 homicides.

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