RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil recorded a 22 percent decrease in violent deaths in the first five months of this year compared to the same period in 2018. This is evidenced by the national homicide index created by G1 news site, based on official data from all 26 states and the Federal District.

In May alone, there were 3,521 murders, against 4,327 in the same month last year. In the five month period, there were 17,907 violent deaths -- 5,100 less than in January, February, March, April, and May 2018.

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