TULSA - Christmas Eve marked Tulsa's 46th murder of 2012.
With only a few days remaining until the new year, Tulsa homicides are actually down -- if only by a small margin.
"I do not know the reason for the decrease," said Tulsa police Sgt. Dave Walker. "Obviously if we did we would double whatever that is in 2013."
It seems Tulsa murders are in a downward trend, despite the city experiencing some high-profile cases in 2012.
Information provided by the Tulsa Police Department shows a de-escalation from 2009, a year 69 people were killed.
In 2010, that statistic was reduced to 58. Last year, 50.
But in comparison with other similarly sized communities, Tulsa has one of the highest murder rates in the nation, according to NeighborhoodScout.com.
Walker said part of the problem Tulsa faces is "a new breed of killer" that murders at a young age.
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