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More Homicides in 2013 for Tri-Cities than the Year Before

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Two months into 2014, and we're taking a look back at deaths in the Tri-Cities over the last year. Two months into 2014, and we're taking a look back at deaths in the Tri-Cities over the last year.

KENNEWICK, WA - Two months into 2014, and we're taking a look back at deaths in the Tri-Cities over the last year. 

NBC Right Now talked to both the Benton and Franklin County Coroners and we noticed a few patterns. Benton County's suicide numbers dropped almost to half of the prior year. The coroner reports 31 people took their own lives in 2012 compared to 18 last year. Franklin County actually saw an increase from three to seven suicides in 2013.

Child death reviews spiked in Benton County, up from two to six in 2013. Franklin County reports just one SIDS death last year and one child death review the prior year.

Local child advocate, JoDee Garretson, with the Support Advocacy and Resource Center said the worst thing a person could do is ignore a situation where a child may be at risk.

"Even if its hearing yelling at your neighbors or if you see children outside unattended for a great amount of hours that are really too young or running in the street. Any of those types of behaviors. If you're worried that child could get hurt, it's really your responsibility to get involved," said Garretson.

Also, homicides are up around the Tri-Cities. Last year, there were seven murders in Benton County and two in Franklin County. Both of those stats are up from 2012.

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