San Jose, “Safe” City, Reports Murderous Weekend


Five people were shot or stabbed to death over the Thanksgiving weekend in San Jose, Ca., a city noted for its low crime rate, the Los Angeles Times says. A 44-year-old man and his 49-year-old wife were found dead in their home by the woman’s son. “It was either a murder-suicide or a double suicide,” said Gina Tepoorten of the San Jose Police Department. “They were both shot.”

A 25-year-old man, was killed in front of his home, a 41-year-old man was stabbed to death during a fight at a downtown nightclub, and a 17-year-old boy was shot to death at a party.

“All these killings in one weekend, that’s very unusual for us,” Tepoorten said. The FBI said in 2002 that San Jose, which has about 1 million residents, was the safest city in the nation with a population of more than 250,000. After San Jose on the list were Denver; Boston; Austin, Texas; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle.


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