The number of murders in Cincinnati is on pace to be the highest in more than a quarter century, and it's also higher than the per-capita rates in Ohio's other major cities. Police say many of the city's 41 homicides have been between people who knew each other and likely were connected to drug dealing. The number tops last year's rate, which was the highest since 1977. Chief Tom Streicher says homicide is the hardest crime to stop because you never know when someone is going to kill another person. The homicide rate per 100-thousand people is 12-point-nine in Cincinnati, higher than the eight-point-five rate of Cleveland and Columbus' six-point-zero. Cincinnati officials say they're combatting the problem with efforts to crack down on gang activity and drug trafficking.