Puerto Rico has recorded its second-worst year for homicides despite requesting help from the U.S. National Guard to drive down crime.
Police say 955 people have been reported killed as of early Friday, one more than the total number of slayings in 1993. A record 995 people were killed in 1994.
Authorities blame drug trafficking for 70 percent of the killings on the U.S. Caribbean territory of nearly 4 million people.
The most recent killing occurred Thursday in the southeast coastal city of Yabucoa, where police said a 34-year-old man was shot to death in a subdivision.