Latest weekend slayings raises safety concerns in NYC

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MANHATTAN (PIX11)-- Four murders in the span of five hours over the weekend have the NYPD scrambling to put a lid on the rising murder rate across the city.

The Department releases its latest crime figures Monday morning--and it's expected to show another spike in killings citywide. At the same time, a bold anti-violence demonstration is expected complete with caskets and body bags.

Over the weekend, four men were either stabbed to death or gunned down in a spate of violence across the five boroughs.

The first incident, Friday night in the Bronx, a 23-year-old man was shot multiple times in the back of the next after a fight with another man, police said.

The deadly bloodshed finally ended 4 a.m. Saturday, but not before a 40-year-old man visiting New York for a funeral, was shot to death in Brownsville, according to the NYPD.

The brazen violence continued Sunday afternoon when a man opened fire on a 50-year-old man with a semi-automatic weapon in the middle of Reid Ave, police said. However, this victim is in stable condition.

While overall crime is down, murders across the city are up over 15 percent from the same time last year, according to the latest Crime Stats. As of May 24, 123 people were reported killed and that number is expected to jump by ten when the official numbers are released Monday morning.

In order to address to spike in violence, NYPD is implementing "Summer All Out" once again to flood 400 officers in crime hot spots.