Tracking homicides in Chicago

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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Roseland shooting kills 2; Logan Square logs 6th killing this year

Eight homicides were reported in Chicago in the past week, including Logan Square’s sixth reported killing of the year and a shooting on the Far South Side that left two dead, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data.

A 19-year-old man was shot dead May 13 in stylish Logan Square; he was the sixth person killed in the community area so far this year and the fifth to die by gunshot. The incident occurred just a few blocks away from the site of an April gunshot homicide.

Eight homicides were reported in Logan Square for all of 2014, and just five were reported there the year before, according to RedEye data.

Also on May 13, two young men were killed in the Roseland community on the Far South Side. According to police, they were sitting in a car with another man when someone in another vehicle pulled up and fired shots. One passenger was seriously wounded; the other two men died shortly after the incident.

Gunshot homicides also were reported this week in the West Englewood, Near West Side, South Shore, Ashburn and Chicago Lawn community areas.

There have been 21 homicides reported citywide so far this month, according to RedEye data, and 142 so far this year. In May 2014, there were 44 homicides reported in Chicago; through May 20 of last year, the city saw 129 killings.


5-year-old found beaten to death

A 5-year-old girl’s brutal beating death was one of five homicides reported citywide in the past week, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data.

Verna Tobicoe was found unconscious in a bathtub in South Chicago on Thursday, according to authorities, and the next day her death was ruled a homicide due to blunt force injuries. Prosecutors stated Tobicoe had lacerations in her liver and intestines as well as multiple skull fractures, in addition to bruising.

Tobicoe’s stepmother has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the incident.

Tobicoe is the third child younger than 10 to be killed in Chicago this year, according to RedEye data.

Gunshot homicides were reported this week in Englewood and Greater Grand Crossing. The death of a woman in the Austin community was ruled a homicide by blunt force injuries.

Thirteen homicides have been reported citywide so far this month. May 2014 saw 44 homicides reported. So far this year, 134 homicides have been reported; that’s more than were reported through May 13 of last year, when 119 homicides were reported.


10 homicides include 2 separate domestic stabbings

Ten homicides were reported citywide this week, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data. Victims include two people fatally stabbed on opposite ends of the city Tuesday in what authorities characterized as domestic-related incidents.

The week’s first stabbing victim was a 26-year-old male killed in the South Deering community on the Far South Side early Tuesday morning. The second was a 53-year-old woman who police said was stabbed to death during a domestic fight Tuesday afternoon in West Ridge on the Far North Side.

One double homicide was reported this week, in North Lawndale, where two men were shot dead Friday afternoon. Three other gunshot homicides were reported Friday, in the South Shore, Chatham and Auburn Gresham communities.

Gunshot homicides also were reported in New City, Uptown and Chicago Lawn.

There have been eight homicides so far this month, while 44 homicides were reported in May 2014, according to RedEye data. This year has seen 128 homicides reported citywide so far.


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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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