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Tracking homicides in Chicago

Two men stabbed to death in Norwood Park

There were 15 homicides in Chicago in the last week including two men who were stabbed to death Friday in Norwood Park, the Northwest Side community area's first homicides in nearly two years, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

The men, ages 35 and 20, stabbed each other to death in the 5800 block of North Mobile Avenue, according to officials, who said the double homicide was a drug robbery gone wrong.

The last Norwood Park homicide was in November 2012. A 43-year-old man was stabbed to death in the 5400 block of North Natoma Avenue, according to RedEye data.

Double homicides by stabbing are rare. The last such case was in August 2012, when a 64-year-old man and 48-year-old woman were found stabbed to death in the 6400 block of North Sacramento Avenue in West Ridge, RedEye determined.

In the last week, gunshot homicides were logged in Albany Park, Burnside, Chatham, Clearing, Grand Boulevard, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, New City, North Lawndale, Portage Park, West Englewood and West Town, RedEye found.

Meanwhile, a 53-year-old man was beaten to death Sept. 4 in the 2600 block of West North Avenue in West Town, police said.

Sixteen homicides have been logged so far this month. Forty-three homicides were recorded in September 2013, RedEye found.

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South Lawndale sees 2 homicides in 2 days

Two of the eight reported homicides in Chicago in the last week happened in South Lawndale on the West Side, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

On Monday, a 22-year-old man was shot in the 4300 block of West 25th Place in South Lawndale and later died, according to officials. One day earlier, a 23-year-old man was beaten and run over by a car in the 4100 block of West 26th Street, police said.

South Lawndale, which had about 79,000 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of BNSF Railway tracks on the north, the Stevenson Expressway on the south, the 2500W coordinate on the east and Kenton Avenue on the west.

South Lawndale has logged 13 homicides so far this year, the fifth highest toll among Chicago's 77 community areas. The West Side community area recorded 10 homicides last year, down from 13 killings in 2012, according to RedEye data.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in Morgan Park, New City, North Lawndale and West Ridge, according to police information.

Meanwhile, a 57-year-old man was beaten to death Saturday in the 1900 block of North Ridgeway Avenue in Logan Square, police said. Three days earlier, a 38-year-old woman was stabbed to death in the 4700 block of North Lawndale Avenue in Albany Park, according to officials.

August ended this week with 45 homicides, down from 53 homicides in August 2013, RedEye determined.

One homicide has been logged so far this month. Forty-three homicides were recorded in September 2013, RedEye found.

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Austin, New City each record 2 homicides

Of the 11 homicides logged in the last week in Chicago, the West Side Austin community area and Southwest Side New City community area each saw two homicides, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

In Austin, a 14-year-old boy was shot to death Sunday in the 1100 block of North Leclaire Avenue, police said. That same day, a 33-year-old man was fatally shot in the 5000 block of West Potomac Avenue, according to officials.

Austin, which had about 98,500 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of the Metra Milwaukee District/West Line on the north, Roosevelt Road on the south, Austin Boulevard on the west and Kenton Avenue on the east.

Austin has logged 26 homicides so far this year, the deadliest toll among Chicago's 77 community areas, RedEye found. The West Side community area recorded 31 homicides last year, down from 37 killings in 2012.

In New City, a 23-year-old man was fatally shot Monday in the 5000 block of South Winchester Avenue, police said. One day earlier, a 40-year-old man was fatally shot in the 800 block of West 50th Place, according to officials.

New City, which had about 44,300 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of Pershing Road on the north, Garfield Boulevard on the south, Western Avenue on the west and Normal Avenue on the east.

New City has recorded eight homicides so far this year, tied with Chatham, Roseland and South Shore for the tenth highest toll among Chicago community areas.

The Southwest Side community area logged 15 homicides last year, down from 24 killings in 2012, RedEye determined.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in Auburn Gresham, Chatham, Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, Riverdale, South Lawndale and West Englewood, according to police information.

Thirty-seven homicides have been logged so far this month. Fifty-three homicides were recorded in August 2013, RedEye determined.

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Chicago sees uptick in female homicide victims

Three women were among the 11 people shot and killed in Chicago in the past week, representing an uptick in female homicide victims, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

An 84-year-old woman was fatally shot Tuesday in the 900 block of West 31st Street in Bridgeport, police said. Two days earlier, a 29-year-old woman was shot and killed in the 400 block of West 104th Street in Roseland, according to officials.

On Saturday, a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot in the 7200 block of South Laflin Street in West Englewood, police said. The Bridgeport and Roseland cases were domestic while the West Englewood incident was a drive-by shooting, police said.

There have been 33 female homicide victims so far this year, comprising 13.1 percent of 251 homicide victims, according to RedEye data.

Last year, there were 52 female victims, comprising 11.8 percent out of 440 homicide victims. In 2012, there were 49 female victims, comprising 9.4 percent of the 522 homicide victims, RedEye determined.

In the past week, gunshot homicides were logged in Auburn Gresham, Douglas, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, South Deering and South Shore, according to police information.

On Saturday, there was a double homicide in Logan Square. A 16-year-old boy and 21-year-old man were fatally shot in the 2300 block of North Springfield Avenue, police said.

Logan Square, which had about 72,800 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of Diversey Avenue on the north, Bloomingdale Avenue on the south, the Chicago River on the east and Metra Milwaukee District tracks on the west.

Logan Square has logged six homicides so far this year, tied with Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, New City, Rogers Park and West Pullman for the 14th highest toll among Chicago's 77 community areas. The Northwest Side community area recorded five homicides last year, up from two homicides in 2012, according to RedEye data.

Citywide, 26 homicides have been logged so far this month. Fifty-three homicides were recorded in August 2013, RedEye determined.

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Englewood logs 11th homicide this year

Englewood on Monday logged its 11th homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

A 26-year-old man was shot to death in the 7100 block of South Green Street, police said.

Englewood, which had about 30,600 residents counted in the 2010 Census, has loose borders of Garfield Boulevard on the north, 75th Street on the south, Normal Avenue on the east and Racine Avenue on the west.

Englewood has logged 11 homicides so far this year, tied with Humboldt Park for the fifth highest toll among Chicago's 77 community areas. The South Side community area recorded 23 homicides last year, up from 21 killings in 2012, according to RedEye data.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged this week in Burnside, West Englewood and West Pullman, according to police information.

Fifteen homicides have been recorded so far this month. Fifty-three homicides were logged in August 2013, RedEye determined.


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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.