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August 01, 2006
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Oakland homicide rate at all time high

The Associated Press

OAKLAND- The number of murders in Oakland this year now stands at 81 after three fatal shootings Saturday.

Police say 18-year-old Darius Toyfoya was shot several times in the chest on a street corner early Saturday morning.

The second victim - identified by friends as 17-year-old Anthony Butler - was found dead of a gunshot wound Saturday afternoon on an East Oakland sidewalk.

In a third shooting Saturday night, a man was gunned down on the 59-hundred block of International Boulevard. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

His name has not been released.

Oakland is on track to record one of its deadliest years ever. There were 43 homicides by this time in 2005 and 47 at the same time in 2004.

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