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NEW ORLEANS When compared to the first three months of 2013, murders in New Orleans are down substantially a drop of 33 percent from the previous year.

So far for 2014, the city has tallied 28 murders through the end of March, using data compiled by WWL-TV from the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office and the New Orleans Police Department. (See the 2014 murder map) At the same time in 2013, the city had 42 murders, and last year was one of the lowest murder totals in decades for the city, with 155 murders for the year a possible sign that murders may again be trending downward in a city that has been plagued with violence for years. (See the 2013 murder map)

While the number of murders may be trending downward, some trends of the murder data remain the same. The victims continue to be overwhelmingly male, African American and dying as a result of gun violence.

Of the 28 murders for 2014, 25 have been men nearly 90 percent.

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Lakisha Johnson, 22 fatally shot on Fortin Street on Feb. 13 in an apparent murder-suicide and Sandy George, 49, and Renalda Variste, 19, both who died after a triple shooting near the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga streets in the Milan neighborhood on Mar. 13 are the only female victims. Comparatively, only three of the 42 murder victims were women for the first quarter of 2013. Nineteen women ended up being murder victims during the course of 2013.

The average age of the victims for the first three months of 2014 is 28. Similarly, the average age of victims for all of 2013 was 29.5. Sixteen-year-old Deion Robair is the youngest victim of 2014, while Sandy George, 49, is the oldest.

Of the 28 killings, all but one was the result of gun violence. Twenty-seven of the murder victims were fatally shot, and one victim, Jemond Carson, died at the hospital after he was stabbed inside a home in the 7200 block of Bunker Hill Road.

Only one victim, Joseph Istre, the first murder victim of 2014, was white. Twenty-three of the victims have been identified as African-American, and four victims remain unclassified. In the first three months of 2013, 39 of the 42 were African-American. Of the three other victims for 2013, they were classified as white, Asian and Hispanic respectively.

For the first three months of 2014, three NOPD districts the Second, Fifth and Seventh had the most murders with five each, and the Third and Eighth Districts had the lowest with one each.

By month for 2014, January had seven murders, February had 11 and March had 10 murders. For 2013, January had 11 murders, February had 11 and March had 20 murders. Murder by day of the week for first quarter of 2014: Sunday, 3; Monday, 0; Tuesday, 4; Wednesday, 8; Thursday, 5; Friday, 5; Saturday, 3.

(The data, totals and analysis are based from multiple sources. The official numbers have yet to be released.)

View New Orleans Murder Map -- 2013 in a larger map

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