Tracking homicides in Chicago

2 homicides in 2 days in Englewood area

Five homicides were reported in Chicago in the last week, with two of the killings in the Englewood area on the South Side, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

A 26-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday in the West Englewood community area, police said. Two days earlier, a 25-year-old man was shot to death in the neighboring Englewood community area, according to officials.

Both victims were documented gang members, police said. Charges had not been announced in either case, as of Wednesday afternoon.

West Englewood has logged three homicides so far this year, behind the North Lawndale and Austin communities on the West Side and Roseland on the South Side, which have each logged four homicides — the most of any Chicago community area.

West Englewood logged 26 homicides last year, up from 21 killings in 2013, according to RedEye data.

Englewood has reported two homicides so far this year. The South Side community area recorded 21 homicides last year, down from 23 killings in 2013, according to RedEye data.

Citywide, gunshot homicides have been logged in the last week in Austin, Logan Square and Uptown, according to police information.

Sixteen homicides have been reported so far this month. Twenty-one homicides were recorded in February 2014, according to a RedEye analysis.

Counting January totals, the city has seen 48 homicides, to date, versus 40 killings in the same period in 2014, according to RedEye data.

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Chicago sees homicide slowdown

Two homicides, both on the South Side, were reported in Chicago in the last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found, bringing the city's total number of homicides to 43 for the year, as of Wednesday afternoon.

That's up from 35 homicides at this time last year, according to RedEye data.

On Sunday, a 22-year-old man was shot to death in what was likely a gang-related attack in West Englewood, police said.

One day earlier, a 31-year-old man was found beaten to death in the city's Roseland community, according to officials. Police say they have not determined a motive in that killing. No one had been arrested in either case, as of Wednesday afternoon.

To date, Roseland has four reported homicides for the year, tied with the North Lawndale community on the West Side for the most homicides. Last year, Roseland logged 12 homicides.

In January, there was an average of one homicide a day, according to RedEye data. This month, 11 homicides have been reported.

Police spokesman Martin Maloney credited the slowdown to partnering with residents and community leaders, putting more officers on the street in high-crime areas and intervening in gang conflicts.

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Austin sees 2 homicides in 1 day

Six homicides were reported in Chicago in the last week, with two of the killings in the Austin community, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

The most recent killing in the West Side community happened about 10 p.m. Monday when a 37-year-old man was shot to death in the 5100 block of West Crystal Avenue, authorities said.

Less than 12 hours earlier, a 33-year-old man was fatally shot in the 200 block of South Lotus Avenue, according to authorities.

No arrests had been announced in either killing as of Wednesday afternoon.

Austin has logged three homicides so far this year, according to RedEye data. In 2014, 36 homicides were reported, up from 31 killings in 2013.

Meanwhile, gunshot homicides were reported in the last week in the Belmont Cragin community on the Northwest Side, the Humboldt Park community on the West Side and the Near West Side community, according to police information.

In the Roseland community on the South Side, a 48-year-old woman was found stabbed to death Sunday during what authorities say was a domestic case in the 11300 block of South Parnell Avenue, police said.

Citywide, nine homicides have been logged so far this month. Twenty-one homicides were recorded in February 2014, according to a RedEye analysis.

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Chicago sees 3 fatal stabbings in 3 days

Eight homicides were reported in Chicago in the last week, with three of the victims stabbed to death in separate killings, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

On Monday, a 50-year-old woman was stabbed to death in a robbery at her home in the 400 block of East 48th Place in the Grand Boulevard community area on the South Side, according to officials.

One day earlier, a 23-year-old man was fatally stabbed as he tried to intervene in an altercation at a party in the 2300 block of South Michigan Avenue on the Near South Side, officials said.

On Saturday, a 27-year-old woman was stabbed to death in a fight at a gas station in the 10000 block of South Michigan Avenue in the Roseland community area on the South Side, according to police.

Stabbing fatalities typically make up a small fraction of Chicago homicides. Four of the 34 homicide victims this year, about 12 percent, were stabbed to death, according to RedEye data as of Wednesday afternoon. Last year, 31 of the 434 homicide victims, about 7 percent, were stabbed to death. In 2013, 38 of the 442 homicide victims, nearly 9 percent, were stabbed to death.

Meanwhile, gunshot homicides were reported in the last week in Ashburn, Bridgeport, South Chicago, West Englewood and West Pullman, according to police information.

January ended last week with 31 homicides, an average of a homicide a day, up from 23 homicides in January 2014, RedEye data show. Three homicides have been logged so far this month. Twenty-one homicides were recorded in February 2014, according to a RedEye analysis.

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January homicide toll surpasses January 2014 toll

Five homicides were reported in Chicago in the last week as the city surpassed last January's homicide toll, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

Twenty-four homicides have been reported so far this month. Twenty-three homicides were reported in January 2014, according to RedEye data.

A 23-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday in the 600 block of East 51st Street in Grand Boulevard on the South Side, officials said. Three days earlier, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot in the 200 block of North Kenton Avenue in West Garfield Park on the West Side, police said.

On Friday, an 18-year-old man was shot to death in the 6800 block of South Western Avenue in Chicago Lawn on the Southwest Side and a 19-year-old man was fatally shot in the 7900 block of South Vincennes Avenue in Chatham on the South Side.

Two days earlier, a 40-year-old man was shot to death in the 5100 block of South Racine Avenue in New City on the Southwest Side, according to officials.

Police said four of the shootings may be gang-related while the motive was not clear in the West Garfield Park shooting. No arrests in the killings had been announced as of Wednesday afternoon.

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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.