Homicides in New Jersey jumped to a seven-year high in 2013, an increase prosecutors and police officials tied to understaffed departments, bloodshed in Trenton and the worst stretch of violence in Newark in nearly 25 years, according to NJ.com.
The Star-Ledger survey of county prosecutors’ offices found at least 409 people died violently last year. The Newark killings, along with a triple murder in Irvington, contributed to a 20 percent increase in homicides in Essex County - the biggest jump of any county in the state, according to NJ.com.
We looked at the towns with the highest totals of homicides in 2012 and 2013 combined, as provided by the State Police's Uniform Crime Report. Our list only looked at towns with multiple homicides. While towns such as Newark and Camden led the way, towns that were never to expected to appear on any such list, such as Toms River, are here.
The homicide totals appear in the green box to the left of the city or town