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posted Jan 5, 2017, 6:58 AM by PHS Warrior Beat
By: Jordan Waters

    Chicago Illinois- 762 people were murdered in Chicago this past year. It was undoubtedly the deadliest year in 2 decades. There was more than a 50% increase in murders in just one year. Chicago hit 500 homicides before the end of the summer in 2016. Five police districts on the south and west sides of the city accounted for nearly two-thirds of the increase in murders, according to Chicago police.

     The analysis of those figures is alarming. For instance, there were 12 murders on Father's Day weekend alone, the youngest victim was only 16. Christmas was no different.12 homicides and 27 shootings. One child age 16 or younger is murdered in the city every week on average. This has been happening for more than a quarter century, police records show.    

    "I don't even think I'm proud to say I'm from Chicago anymore. Michael Torres who lost his brother this past November says.

      A lot of the homicides in Chicago are gun-related. In 2016, there were 3,550 shooting incidents and 4,331 shooting victims, according to the Chicago Police Department. Chicago has strict gun laws, which is why many gun rights promoters point to it as evidence that tighter guidelines does not equal less crime. But Chicago's gun violence problem is more problematical. Sixty percent of the guns used in shootings were purchased out of state. "We border Indiana and Wisconsin, which have really lax gun laws," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. "We know that people from Chicago go across the border, fill up gym bags with illegal weapons from gun shows and things of that nature and they come back here and sell them to the gangs." Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed a new gun control law that levies tougher consequences on those who bring in guns from out of state to sell and do not have gun-owner ID cards. The street crime in Chicago has led to the killing of innocent bystanders and kept residents shut inside their homes out of fear. Police said the majority of the violence wasn't random. More than 80% of fatal and nonfatal shooting victims in 2016 were previously identified by CPD as being likely to be involved in an act of gun violence either as a victim or an offender.

Edited By: Morgan Mariner Uploaded 1/4/2017