NEWARK - The murder rate in Newark was slightly higher last year than it was in the year before, according to recently released crime statistics.

In 2012, there were 89 homicides in the Brick City, according to officials. There were 114 total homicides in all of Essex County.

There were 118 homicides in the county and 87 in Newark alone the previous year. According to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, Essex County saw 115 homicides in 2010, with 86 in Newark.