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Birmingham homicides up slightly

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Birmingham ended the year with a slight increase in homicides and didn’t get much into the new year before recording its first fatality of 2007.

The shooting death of Francisco Ostiquin, 32, of Pelham on Saturday night raised Birmingham’s homicide total to 109, up from 105 the previous year. Police said three people have been arrested for the shooting.

Could have been worse

Birmingham homicide Sgt. Scott Praytor said 2006 could have been much worse.

“We’re not seeing the increase that most cities are,” he said.

“It’s up all over the nation.”

Shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, police reported the first homicide of 2007.

Officers found Wyteria Rogers, 20, of Birmingham shot to death in a vehicle and took a 20-year-old man into custody.

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