Recent Triple Slaying Part of Growing Gang Trend

Recent Triple Slaying Part of Growing Gang Trend

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A triple homicide near the University of Utah recently has punctuated what police say is an upswing in gang violence.

The killings followed an increase in gang violence during the final months of 2002, an upturn many experts blame on a slumping economy.

State Representative Ty McCartney, who also is a Salt Lake police detective, says gang crime in Los Angeles is way up -- and Salt Lake City usually follows that city's trend.

Police have made NO arrests in the triple slaying in Salt Lake. Investigators can't even say for sure that the three killings were related. But all three men have been connected to area gangs that deal in drugs and weapons.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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