OKC murder rate spikes in 2012

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Friends and family continue to mourn the death of an Oklahoma City teen murdered over the weekend.

Richard Morales, 15, was killed Sunday night near N.W. 105th St. and Western Ave.

That death was the 50 homicide in Oklahoma City this year; a drastic increase over the last few years.

Last year the city's 50 homicide didn't occur until November.

"It's a horrible thing. I just don't understand," Danielle Berkley said.

Berkley came out to a makeshift memorial to pay her respects to the teenage victim gunned down along Western Sunday night.

"I came around because it touched my heart. I knew that child. I know his brothers and they are good guys," Berkley said.

"We're in a horrific cycle right now. That's got everyone in law enforcement upset," Okla. County District Attorney David Prater said.

Prater said a series of deadly domestic-related murder/suicides have spiked the homicide numbers this year.

"The domestic violence homicides we're seeing, one is too many, but the rate we're seeing is absolutely shocking," Prater said.

In fact, this year's homicide numbers in the city dwarf last year's total of 60.

The city also saw 60 homicides in 2010.

Police won't speculate what's behind this year's overall increase in deadly crimes.

"We were significantly less number-wise last year but homicide is a very unpredictable crime. We don't know when the next one will occur. It's unpredictable," OKC Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.

OKC Police don't have any suspects in the Morales murder.

Although they do believe multiple people were involved in the shooting.

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