Tracking homicides in Chicago

Ten homicides citywide in past week

The Chatham and Greater Grand Crossing communities each recorded two gunshot homicides in the past week, bringing the weekly total to ten killings, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data.

Gunshot homicides also were reported in the Woodlawn, South Chicago, Humboldt Park, Austin and Douglas communities, according to RedEye data. One fatal stabbing was recorded this week, in West Englewood.

So far this year, 207 homicides have been reported citywide. Through June 24 of 2014, just 183 were reported. Thirty-seven homicides have been logged so far this month; June of 2014 saw 40 killings total.


15 killed across Chicago

Fifteen people were reported killed in Chicago in the past week, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data.

Victims included two 15-year-old boys shot to death within a day of each other in the North Lawndale community. Other gunshot homicides were reported in Chicago Lawn, Bridgeport, O’Hare, Grand Boulevard, Austin, Englewood, New City, Uptown, Chatham and East Garfield Park.

Also in Uptown, a man was stabbed to death outside a Target store on Sunday. The day before, a man was found beaten to death and set on fire in Brighton Park.

So far this year through Wednesday night, Chicago has seen 197 homicides, according to RedEye records. That strongly outpaces last year, when 171 killings were reported through June 17.

Twenty-seven homicides have been reported so far this month. In June 2014, 40 homicides were reported.


10 killed across Chicago

Ten people were killed across Chicago in the past week, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data.

Four of the ten reported victims were teenagers: a 17-year-old boy shot dead Thursday in Burnside on the Far South Side, another 17-year-old killed in Bridgeport on Saturday, and two 19-year-olds killed Sunday in a double homicide in Austin.

There have been 181 homicides reported across Chicago so far this year, according to RedEye’s homicide database. That’s up from 165 reported through June 10 of last year.

So far in June, 12 homicides have been reported. 40 homicides were reported overall in June 2014.


12 killed citywide in past week

Twelve people were killed in Chicago over the past week, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data, including a double homicide in West Elsdon and a stabbing at a bar in the Lower West Side community.

That brings the total number of homicides reported so far this year to 170, up from 155 through June 3 of 2014.

Gunshot homicides were reported in Uptown, South Lawndale, South Shore, Lakeview, Chatham, Austin and Humboldt Park, according to RedEye’s homicide database.

On May 28, a woman and her son were found dead in their home in the West Elsdon community; the Cook County Medical Examiner found that the man had been stabbed to death and his mother died of blunt and sharp force injuries. A relative has been charged with their murders.

A 52-year-old man’s death that same day in Austin was ruled a homicide after he died suddenly following a “scuffle” with another person, according to the medical examiner’s office.

On Saturday, a man was stabbed to death during an altercation at Simone’s Bar in the Lower West Side community area, authorities said.

There were 47 homicides total reported in May, according to RedEye data; in May of 2014 there were 44.


12 homicides over Memorial Day weekend

The Memorial Day weekend saw 12 people shot dead from Saturday through Monday, bringing the total reported homicides citywide in the past week to 15, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data.

This year’s Memorial Day weekend killings outpaced last year’s, when seven people were killed from Saturday through Monday of Memorial Day weekend, according to RedEye data.

Sunday was the single day with the highest death toll, when five homicides were reported across the city. The Humboldt Park, South Chicago, West Englewood, East Garfield Park and Kenwood communities all saw reported gunshot homicides that day.

Gunshot homicides were reported Saturday in the Near West Side, West Town, Austin and Albany Park communities. On Monday, killings were reported in Irving Park, Douglas and Austin.

Earlier in the week, people were shot dead in Bridgeport and South Chicago; on May 20, a woman was reported beaten to death in Archer Heights.

Thirty-six people have been reported killed citywide so far this month, bringing this year’s homicide total to 157 as of Wednesday afternoon. Last May, 44 people were reported killed in Chicago; through May 27 of 2014, 142 people were killed.

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Tracking homicides in Chicago is an ongoing project of the RedEye. This site is updated regularly with information from the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Breaking News Center. Information is subject to change. Data points appear Thursdays in RedEye’s print edition.

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This application is based on Homicide Report, created for the Los Angeles Times by Ken Schwencke. It was adapted for use in Chicago by Ryan Mark, Chris Groskopf, Joe Germuska and Brian Boyer.

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