The Wayne County Medical Examiners Office released homicide statistics on Friday and the data indicated that 16 percent of the people killed in Detroit last year were out-of-towners.
There were 413 homicides in Detroit in 2012, 66 of those people lived outside of the city.
It is generally thought throughout the criminal justice community that a majority of those 66 were probably suburbanites coming to the city looking for drugs or prostitutes.
Detroit’s murder rate of 53 per 100,000 residents is among the highest in the nation. In 1974 when Detroit was first labeled the “Murder Capital”, there were 714 homicides but the population was much higher and the murder rate was 51 per 100,000 residents.
The national average murder rate is 4.8.
Inkster, had the second highest murder rate in the county at 36. The city of about 25,000 people registered 9 homicides.
Other Wayne County communities with multiple homicides were Dearborn, six; Highland Park, 4; Livonia and Redford Township, three; and Dearborn Heights, Hamtramck, Romulus, Taylor, Van Buren Township and Wyandotte, two.