SAN ANTONIO -

There were 88 murders reported in San Antonio in 2012 compared to 89 in 2011.

However, the number could even out after a pending investigation by the Bexar County Medical Examiner.

“That number is somewhat fluid because we're waiting on the ME to make a determination on a child death,” said SAPD Chief William McManus.

That child is 5-year-old Josiah Williams, who was found two days after Christmas allegedly malnourished and beaten by his father and stepmother.

2011 was the first time San Antonio's murder rate increased since 2007. While 2011 numbers held steady in 2012, McManus says last year’s homicides did not reveal any pattern in terms of what kind of murder of where the crimes took place.

"We try to keep those numbers as low as we can by doing preventative things and focusing on types of crime that could be considered precursors to violence,” said McManus.

He says that 2013 will be no different. SAPD plans to continue targeting the most common triggers for murder.

"We'll focus on gangs, we'll focus on drugs, we'll focus on guns, we'll focus on family violence," McManus said, adding that one murder is one too many.

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