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Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, holding a Colt 45 pistol, discusses a recent NYPD Gun Buy Back Program which netted close to 2,000 weapons in the Bronx in a press conference at Police Plaza.

New York — A Daily News review of the latest NYPD crime statistics shows drugs are a factor in at least half of city homicides – and two out of three victims are black.

Stats through Tuesday reveal 49% of all murder victims are involved with drug use and/or drug sales. The figure is 53% for murder suspects.

The numbers say 67% of murder victims are black, with 25% Hispanic and just 4% white.

In 12% of city slayings, drugs are the exclusive motive. Police say that figure is much higher when other factors such as previous disputes and criminal histories of victims and suspects are included.

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