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Vigil recalls NJ homicides, an hour at a time

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Photo -   Sister Helen Cole lights a candle during a vigil for homicide victims at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden, N.J., on Dec. 31, 2012. The city of 77,000 had a record 67 homicides in 2012. (AP Photo/Geoff Mulvihill)
Sister Helen Cole lights a candle during a vigil for homicide victims at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden, N.J., on Dec. 31, 2012. The city of 77,000 had a record 67 homicides in 2012. (AP Photo/Geoff Mulvihill)
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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A vigil for people killed this year in Camden, N.J., has reached its fourth day.

In the annual vigil, an hour is dedicated to remembering each homicide victim. This year, there are a record 67 of them in a city of about 77,000 people.

Activists, friends and sometimes relatives of the slain gather at a church to recall those killed. This year's victims ranged in age from 2 to 66.

Each year since 1995, Sister Helen Cole has organized the year-end vigil. She says she finds the violence confounding. She says that if she knew the answer, she would be "on the mountaintop proclaiming it."

The previous record was set in 1995, the first year Cole organized the vigil. It has never been shorter than 24 hours.

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