This has been one of the deadliest holidays in Chicago. According to Huffington Post & Chicago Tribune, there has been a total of 200 murders so far this year, last year at this time, there were only 134 murders(still a horrible number too)! It’s almost a 50% increase in murders, 14% increase in shootings(851 shootings)!
The youngest victim, who survived this Memorial weekend, was a 7-year-old girl. 4 of the 10 dead were teenagers. Here are some stories:
- A 14-year old boy was shot in the face while eatting pizza with his sister at a pizzeria, he later died.
- (mid 20s or 30s)Woman found shot in the head, dead in an alley
- 20-year-old man shot dead in drive by
- 33-year old man shot at a holiday party
On St Patricks holiday weekend, there were 49 wounded victims due to gunshots, 11 were shot dead including a 6-year old girl.(crimeinchicago2012.com)
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel states the city will announce:
coordinated gang-reduction and neighborhood safety strategies