A roundup of year-end homicide/crime stories from various news organizations ...
The general trend, as you can glean from at least reading the headlines, is that homicides are down in many places.
*Fellow reporters and news readers: Send me any links I'm missing. I did this based on what Google turned up, so if a city isnt' here, it means it isn't available or it wasn't one of the first few results on the Interwebs search.
Toledo: 14 homicides not yet solved
Kansas City: Homicides follow tragic trend in 2013
New York City: NYC murders drop by 20 percent, but not everyone feels safe
Philadelphia: Killings at new low; Philly cops hope for holiday peace
Seattle: Seattle homicides drop in 2013
Birmingham: Birmingham ends 2013 with drop in killings