Although December is known as a time for family gatherings and the festive spirit, this December in the DR was marred by an increase in violent deaths. As of Sunday, the National Forensics Department registered that 145 people died violently, of whom 124 were men, and with gun violence being the number one cause of death. A total of 70 deaths were caused by bullet wounds. Of the victims, 117 were Dominicans, 23 were foreigners and 6 have yet to be determined. The week between the 7th and the 13th was the most violent, with 44 deaths, of which 25 were caused by guns.