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4 homicides in Humboldt Park in 4 days

Ten homicides were reported in Chicago in the last week, with the Humboldt Park community area on the West Side recording four homicides and the Englewood community area on the South Side logging three killings, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

In Humboldt Park, a 23-year-old man was shot to death Wednesday in the 800 block of North St. Louis Avenue, police said. One day earlier, a 21-year-old man was found shot to death in the 700 block of North Spaulding Avenue, police said.

On Saturday, a 33-year-old woman was fatally shot in the 3700 block of West Potomac Avenue and a 22-year-old man was shot to death in the 700 block of North Hamlin Avenue, according to officials.

The victims in the killings on Spaulding and Hamlin avenues were documented gang members while the Potomac Avenue homicide is possibly gang related, according to police.

Humboldt Park, which counted about 56,300 residents in the 2010 Census, has 22 reported homicides so far this year, the third highest homicide toll of Chicago's 77 community areas, according to RedEye data.

Humboldt Park—which is loosely bounded by Bloomingdale Avenue on the north, Kinzie Street on the south, Kedzie Avenue on the east and Kenton Avenue on the west—recorded 14 homicides last year, down from 18 killings in 2012, a RedEye analysis found.

In Englewood on Monday, a 30-year-old man was shot to death in the 7200 block of South Carpenter Street and a 31-year-old man was fatally shot in the 7500 block of South Union Avenue, according to officials. Four days earlier, a 21-year-old man was shot to death in the 5700 block of South Princeton Avenue, police said.

The victims in the Union Avenue and Carpenter Street killings were documented gang members, police said.

Englewood, which counted about 30,600 residents in the 2010 Census, has 20 reported homicides so far this year, tied with West Garfield Park for the fourth highest homicide toll among Chicago's community areas, according to RedEye data.

Englewood—which is loosely bounded by Garfield Boulevard on the north, 75th Street on the south, Normal Avenue on the east and Racine Avenue on the west—recorded 23 homicides last year, up from 21 killings in 2012, a RedEye analysis found.

West Side's Austin, which counted 98,500 residents in the 2010 Census, has recorded 30 homicides this year, the most of any Chicago community area.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in the Near North Side, Near West Side and West Pullman community areas, according to RedEye data.

Twenty-eight homicides have been reported so far this month, the same number recorded in all of November 2013, according to a RedEye analysis.

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2 homicides in 2 days in Belmont Cragin

Twelve homicides were reported in Chicago in the last week, with two of the killings occurring in the Belmont Cragin community area on the Northwest Side, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

On Monday, a 26-year-old man was shot to death in 2100 block of North Merrimac Avenue, police said. One day earlier, a 44-year-old man was fatally shot in the 2800 block of North Lotus Avenue, according to officials.

Belmont Cragin, which counted 78,600 residents in the 2010 Census, has reported six homicides so far this year, tied with Ashburn on the Southwest Side and West Pullman on the South Side for the 20th highest homicide toll of Chicago's 77 community areas, according to RedEye data.

West Side's Austin, which counted 98,500 residents in the 2010 Census, has recorded 30 homicides this year, the most of any Chicago community area.

Belmont Cragin—which is loosely bounded by Belmont Avenue on the north, Metra Milwaukee District/West Line tracks on the south, Kenton Avenue on the east and Nashville Avenue on the west—recorded five homicides last year, down from nine killings in 2012, a RedEye analysis found.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in Chatham, Humboldt Park, the Near West Side, O'Hare, South Chicago, South Deering, South Shore and West Garfield Park community areas, according to RedEye data.

Meanwhile, a 29-year-old man was stabbed to death Sunday in the 800 block of North Orleans Street on the Near North Side, officials said. Two days earlier, a 3-year-old West Ridge boy from the 6500 block of North Seeley Avenue died after suffering wounds associated with abuse, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office determined.

Seventeen homicides have been reported so far this month. Twenty-eight killings were recorded in November 2013, according to a RedEye analysis.

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Austin logs 2 homicides in 2 days

Seven homicides were reported in Chicago in the last week, with two of the killings occurring in the Austin community area on the West Side, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

On Friday, a 41-year-old man was shot to death in 5200 block of West Madison Street, police said. Two days earlier, a 41-year-old man was fatally shot in the first block of North Lorel Avenue, according to officials.

Austin, which counted 98,500 residents in the 2010 Census, has reported 30 homicides so far this year, the most of Chicago's 77 community areas, according to RedEye data.

Austin—which is loosely bounded by Milwaukee District/West Line tracks on the north, Roosevelt Road on the south, Kenton Avenue on the east and Austin Boulevard on the west—recorded 31 homicides last year, down from 37 killings in 2012, a RedEye analysis found.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in Englewood, Humboldt Park, West Englewood and West Garfield Park, according to RedEye data.

Meanwhile, a 50-year-old man was stabbed to death Monday in the 3000 block of East Cheltenham Place in South Shore, officials said.

October ended last week with 34 reported homicides, up from 32 killings in October 2013, based on police information.

Five homicides have been reported so far this month. Twenty-eight killings were recorded in November 2013, according to a RedEye analysis.

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2 homicides in South Chicago in 2 days

Twelve homicides were reported in Chicago during the last week, with two killings in the city's South Chicago community area, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data.

On Monday, a 25-year-old man was shot to death in the 8300 block of South Kingston Avenue in South Chicago, police said. One day earlier, a 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue, according to officials.

South Chicago, which has loose borders of 79th Street on the north, 95th Street on the south, South Chicago Avenue on the west and Lake Michigan on the east, has logged 13 homicides so far this year, tying with South Lawndale for the eighth highest toll among Chicago's 77 community areas, according to RedEye data.

South Chicago, which counted 31,198 residents in the 2010 Census, logged 11 homicides last year, down from 14 killings in 2012, a RedEye analysis found.

In the last week, gunshot homicides were recorded in Auburn Gresham, Austin, Chatham, Humboldt Park, the Lower West Side, New City, Uptown and West Englewood, based on police information.

Meanwhile, there were two reported stabbing fatalities. On Oct. 23, a 44-year-old man was stabbed to death in the 300 block of East 48th Street in Grand Boulevard, police said.

One day earlier, a 28-year-old man was fatally stabbed in the 4100 block of West 63rd Street in West Lawn, according to officials.

Thirty-one homicides have been reported so far this month. Thirty-two homicides were recorded in October 2013, RedEye found.

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37% of Chicago homicide victims are in their 20s

In the past week, five homicides were reported in Chicago, with three of the victims in their 20s, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

The most recent killings happened Saturday when a 24-year-old man was shot to death in the 6700 block of South Throop Street in West Englewood and a 21-year-old man was fatally shot in the 9300 block of South Wentworth Avenue in Roseland, according to officials.

On Oct. 16, a 25-year-old man was shot to death in the 7500 block of South Colfax Avenue in South Shore, police said.

Thirty-seven percent of the 339 homicide victims this year were in their 20s, according to RedEye data as of Wednesday afternoon.

That percentage has been decreasing. Last year, 41 percent of the 441 homicide victims were in their 20s. In 2012, 43 percent of the 522 homicide victims this year were in their 20s.

Also in the last week, an 18-year-old woman was shot to death Sunday in the 5300 block of West Oakdale Avenue in Belmont Cragin, police said. Three days earlier, a 30-year-old man was stabbed to death in the 5100 block of South Fulton Street in Austin, according to officials.

Nineteen homicides have been reported so far this month. Thirty-two homicides were recorded in October 2013, RedEye found.

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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.

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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.

Tracy Swartz wrangles the data and writes the posts.