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8 Chicago homicides in last week

Chicago Lawn last week recorded its second homicide of the month and sixth homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

A 17-year-old boy was shot Wednesday in the 6300 block of South Mozart Street, police said. He died two days later, officials said.

Chicago Lawn logged nine homicides last year, down from 22 killings in 2012, RedEye determined.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Ashburn, Gage Park, Rogers Park, South Shore, Washington Park, West Englewood and Woodlawn, according to police information.

Twelve homicides have been logged so far this month. Twenty-four homicides were recorded in April 2013, RedEye found.

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Rogers Park logs 3rd homicide of 2014

Rogers Park on Monday recorded its third homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

A 36-year-old man was shot to death in the 1600 block of West Howard Street, police said.

Rogers Park logged four homicides last year, down from seven homicides in 2012, RedEye determined.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Burnside and West Garfield Park, according to police information.

Four homicides have been logged so far this month. Twenty-four homicides were recorded in April 2013, RedEye found.

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3 elderly homicide victims in March

Senior citizens rarely tend to be homicide victims in Chicago though in March, three of the 24 victims were more than 62 years old, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

This year, four of the 69 homicide victims &m-;nearly 6 percent of victims &m-; were older than 62, according to RedEye data as of Thursday afternoon. Last year, 10 out 435 victims were senior citizens, composing 2 percent of victims, RedEye determined.

Homicide victims in Chicago tend to be men in their late teens or early 20s who were shot to death on the South or West Sides, RedEye data reflect.

"As you age, your risk of being a homicide vicim goes down," Loyola University criminologist Arthur Lurigio said. "Older people are less likely to be out of the house. They are less likely to be around violent people."

Elderly victims tend to be shot or stabbed to death, according to RedEye data.

On March 20, a 76-year-old woman was strangled to death in the 900 block of North Central Park Avenue in Humboldt Park, according to officials. Ten days earlier, a 73-year-old man was shot to death in the 11500 block of South Avenue G on the East Side, police said.

And on March 1, a 66-year-old man was fatally shot in the 2300 block of West 57th Street in Gage Park, police said.

People have been charged in half of the elderly cases this year, according to RedEye data. Charges were brought in 60 percent of these cases last year. Typically, each year charges are brought in one of four homicide cases.

28% of Chicago homicide victims in their 20s

Three men in their 20s were shot to death in separate incidents in Chicago in the last week, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data.

A 26-year-old man was fatally shot Monday in the 11300 block of South Forest Avenue in Roseland, police said.

That same day, a 22-year-old man was shot to death in the 2500 block of East 84th Street in South Chicago, according to officials.

On Friday, a 20-year-old man was fatally shot in the 300 block of East 51st Street in Grand Boulevard, police said.

Nearly 28 percent of the 69 homicides victims this year were in their 20s, according to RedEye data as of Wednesday afternoon.

Last year, 41 percent of the 435 Chicago homicide victims were in their 20s, RedEye determined.
Meanwhile, a 57-year-old man was fatally shot Tuesday in the 2400 block of West 63rd Street in Chicago Lawn, police said.

March ended this week with 24 homicides, up from 17 killings in March 2013, RedEye found.
One homicide has been logged so far this month. Twenty-four homicides were recorded in April 2013, according to RedEye data.

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2 homicides in 2 days in Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park recorded two homicides in two days last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

On March 20, a 76-year-old woman was strangled to death in the 900 block of North Central Park Avenue, police said. One day earlier, a 47-year-old man was stabbed to death in the 700 block of North Trumbull Avenue, according to officials.

Humboldt Park has seen three homicides so far this year. The West Side community area logged 14 homicides last year, down from 18 killings in 2012, RedEye determined.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in West Englewood and West Garfield Park, according to police information.

Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man was stabbed to death Friday in the 7800 block of South Bennett Avenue in South Shore, police said. Two days earlier, a 59-year-old man was beaten to death in the 7100 block of North Clark Street in Rogers Park, according to officials.

Nineteen homicides have been recorded so far this month. Seventeen homicides were logged in March 2013, according to RedEye data.

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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.

EveryBlock was a source for 2008 homicide data.

dataSteal the data that drives this application

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.

Tracy Swartz wrangles the data and writes the posts.