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The deaths of Christina Bennett, Rhonda Jones and Megan Oxendine, whose bodies were discovered more than a year ago in Lumberton, N.C., brought into focus the dangerous environment the area’s residents often deal with.
Though overall violent crime in the U.S. remains near historic lows, some cities across America have seen a slight increase in violence, data shows.
In 2016, the U.S. saw a 3.4 percent uptick in violent crime — which includes murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault — compared with the previous year, according to the FBI.
These are the cities in the U.S. that have the highest rates of violent crime in 2016, the most recent year data is available from the FBI.