THE BLOODY STREETS OF CHICAGO CONTINUE AS GANG MEMBERS COLLIDE

Chicago Skyline

The streets and avenues of Chicago were riddled with shootings over Memorial Day Weekend. The New York Times reports, “From Friday evening to the end of Monday, 64 people will have been shot in this city of 2.7 million, six of them fatally. In a population made up of nearly equal numbers of whites, blacks, and Hispanics, 52 of the shooting victims are black, 11 Hispanic and one white. Eight are women, the rest men. Some 12 people are shot in cars, 11 along city sidewalks, and at least four on home porches.”

Veronica Lopez was fatally shot on the Chicago lakefront, her mother, Diana Mercado, and other relatives visited her grave in August, a few weeks before she would have turned 16. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

64 victims, six dead: May 27-30

9:27 pm.

Near West Side Male, 18

Black

10:56 pm.

Ashburn Male, 25

Black

1:10 am.

South Deering Male, 50

Black

1:10 am.

South Deering Female, 53

Black

1:27 am.

Uptown Female, 15

Hispanic

1:27 am.

Uptown Male, 28

Hispanic

1:46 am.

East Garfield Park Male, 26

Black

1:46 am.

East Garfield Park Male, 23

Black

1:46 am.

East Garfield Park Male, 27

Black

2:45 am.

North Lawndale Male, 17

Black

2:55 am.

Irving Park Male, 20

Hispanic

3:14 am.

New City Male, 25

Hispanic

4:02 am.

Austin Male, 26

Black

4:35 am.

West Garfield Park Male, 24

Black

5:16 am.

Portage Park Male, 25

White

3:47 pm.

Humboldt Park Male, 46

Black

3:47 pm.

Humboldt Park Male, 46

Black

4:18 pm.

Washington Heights Male, 23

Black

5:18 pm.

Fuller Park Male, 27

Black

7:44 pm.

Avalon Park Male, 19

Black

8:04 pm.

West Garfield Park Female, 25

Black

8:40 pm.

New City Male, 32

Hispanic

8:40 pm.

New City Male, 22

Hispanic

9:04 pm.

Austin Male, 23

Black

9:38 pm.

West Englewood Male, 23

Black

9:38 pm.

West Englewood Male, 23

Black

9:38 pm.

West Englewood Female, 48

Black

10:16 pm.

North Lawndale Male, 17

Black

11:55 pm.

West Garfield Park Male, 29

Black

11:55 pm.

West Garfield Park Male, 28

Black

12:18 am.

Austin Male, 37

Black

12:30 am.

Armour Square Female, 23

Black

12:30 am.

Armour Square Female, 20

Black

1:06 am.

Humboldt Park Male, 21

Hispanic

1:06 am.

Humboldt Park Male, 22

Hispanic

2:00 am.

Near North Side Male, 28

Black

3:45 am.

Washington Heights Male, 23

Black

4:30 am.

West Garfield Park Female, 26

Black

4:30 am.

Austin Male, 27

Black

5:10 am.

Roseland Male, 17

Black

12:00 pm.

Morgan Park Male, 20

Black

12:00 pm.

Morgan Park Male, 20

Black

12:35 pm.

West Pullman Male, 24

Black

1:43 pm.

Chatham Male, 25

Black

4:06 pm.

Auburn Gresham Male, 20

Black

5:37 pm.

West Pullman Male, 29

Black

10:46 pm.

Oakland Female, 25

Black

11:01 pm.

North Lawndale Male, 57

Black

11:01 pm.

North Lawndale Male, 35

Black

11:30 pm.

Englewood Male, 21

Black

12:30 am.

Austin Male, 35

Black

12:57 am.

Greater Grand Crossing Male, 28

Black

1:38 am.

Humboldt Park Male, 19

Hispanic

1:38 am.

Humboldt Park Male, 29

Hispanic

6:19 am.

Greater Grand Crossing Male, 19

Black

10:35 am.

Austin Male, 17

Black

10:54 am.

West Garfield Park Male, 29

Black

10:54 am.

West Garfield Park Male, 21

Black

3:57 pm.

Englewood Male, 15

Black

4:55 pm.

South Chicago Male, 16

Black

5:26 pm.

South Lawndale Male, 17

Hispanic

9:26 pm.

South Shore Male, 23

Black

11:00 pm.

West Ridge Male, 39

Black

11:00 pm.

Washington Park Male, 44

Black

Source: New York Times

The 2016 death toll is 263 as of June 4, 2016. Chicago police presence was increased by over 1,000 personnel over the bloody holiday weekend. Detectives have fewer clues in recent Chicago-land murders than from years in the past; witnesses are too afraid to come forward– and justifiably so, retaliation against snitches in the gang world often is frequent and lethal.

The overwhelming majority of the shootings are gang-related, some of the victims from the deadly weekend have been shot before. The concentrated groupings of the crime locations exclude most of the city. In other words, if you are not living in these crime areas, or involved in gangs, you are not any more likely to be a shooting victim than in similarly sized cities.

Again: The city of Chicago is fighting the release of a video that shows a white police officer shooting dead a black teenager (Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel above on Wednesday)
Chicago Mayor Emanuel Emanuel

Critics of the city’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, have said that he has failed to address poverty, police relation matters and other issues that have negatively impacted the affected areas. Many of the poorest citizens in Chicago reside on the streets and avenues were the killings are happening. Single mothers who receive little, if any, support from the fathers of their children, add to the growing poverty and parental discipline problems. Fleeing the area is often nearly impossible due to limited finances and opportunities. It is not as if a mother, without help, can suddenly pick up and leave to safer neighborhoods.

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