Tracking homicides in Chicago

Double homicide in Belmont Cragin

Ten killings were reported in Chicago in the past week, including a double homicide in the Belmont Cragin community on the Northwest Side, according to preliminary police data.

A 30-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were walking in the 2700 block of North Lavergne Avenue early Sunday morning when someone got out of a vehicle and opened fire, authorities said. The woman was shot in the head and the man was shot multiple times, according to police, and both died later that day. Police sources say the shooting was gang-related.

There have been four reported homicides so far this year in Belmont Cragin. In 2014, there were six total killings reported there, according to RedEye data.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were reported in several South Side neighborhoods as well as Humboldt Park.

Meanwhile, a woman was found strangled in the 2500 block of West Moffat Street in Logan Square on April 15, and her death was ruled a homicide, authorities confirmed. A 50-year-old man also was stabbed to death at his restaurant in West Town on Saturday.

Twenty-four killings have been reported citywide so far this month. Thirty-six homicides were reported in Chicago in April 2014, according to RedEye data. There have been 110 homicides reported so far this year, a RedEye analysis has found.

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Chicago reports 100th homicide of 2015

Chicago on Wednesday reported its 100th homicide of the year, outpacing last year by 12 days, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.


The 100th homicide was a 24-year-old woman shot to death Wednesday in Uptown, according to RedEye data. Authorities had not identified her and no arrests have been made in the case, as of Wednesday afternoon.


Chicago reported its 100th homicide last year on April 27 and on April 30 in 2013, RedEye data show. Homicides are up 23 percent year-to-date versus the same period last year, according to RedEye data. Chicago police spokesman Marty Maloney recently blamed the proliferation of illegal guns on the rise of homicides this year compared to last year.


Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in Greater Grand Crossing, Morgan Park and South Chicago on the South Side, according to police information.


Meanwhile, a man has been charged after allegedly suffocating his 56-year-old girlfriend to death April 8 in Montclare on the Northwest Side, police said.


Fourteen homicides have been reported so far this month. Thirty-six homicides were reported in April 2014, according to RedEye data.

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2 West Englewood homicides in 3 days

Nine homicides were reported in Chicago in the last week, with two in the South Side's West Englewood community, according to preliminary police data.

A 16-year-old man was shot to death Saturday while a 36-year-old man was fatally shot April 2, according to police, who said both killings may be gang-related. Charges had not been announced in either homicide, as of Wednesday afternoon.

West Englewood — which has loose borders of Racine Avenue on the east, CSX and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks on the west, Garfield Boulevard on the north and 75th Street on the south — has reported six homicides so far this year, tied with Roseland on the South Side for the second-highest 2015 homicide toll. West Englewood logged 26 homicides last year, up from 21 killings in 2013, according to RedEye data.

Citywide, gunshot homicides in the last week were reported on the South Side and in Logan Square on the Northwest Side, according to police information.

Meanwhile, a 28-year-old woman was stabbed to death April 1 in a domestic killing on the South Side, according to officials.

Nine homicides have been reported so far this month. Thirty-six homicides were reported in April 2014, according to RedEye data.

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Homicides up 23% versus 2014

Eighty-five homicides were reported in Chicago in the first three months of this year, up 23 percent compared with 69 homicides reported in the same period in 2014, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data.

The 85 homicides represent the second-highest homicide toll logged from January through March in the past five years, according to RedEye data. In 2012, 122 homicides were reported from January through March for an annual total of 523 killings.

Chicago Police spokesman Marty Maloney said Chicago police counted 80 homicides from January through March compared with 62 killings in the same period in 2014. RedEye counts killings deemed homicides by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, which performs autopsies, including killings police determine are in self-defense.

In a statement to the media, Maloney blamed the increase on the proliferation of illegal guns in the city. Police have recovered more than 1,500 illegal guns so far this year, a 22 percent increase from 2014, Maloney said.

After experiencing a homicide slowdown in February, March ended this week with 34 homicides — more than one homicide a day on average, which is up from 25 homicides in March 2014, according to RedEye data.

Eight killings were reported citywide in the past week including seven gunshot homicides, mostly on the South Side, and a stabbing death in Avondale on the Northwest Side that police say could be a murder-suicide.

No homicides have been reported so far this month, as of Wednesday afternoon. Thirty-six homicides were reported in April 2014, according to RedEye data.

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March homicides up over March 2014 in Chicago

Twenty-six homicides have been reported in Chicago so far this month — about a killing a day — which tops the 25 homicides logged in all of March 2014, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data.

Fifteen homicides have been reported in the past two weeks, including a drive-by shooting that killed two men in the Austin community on the West Side and a double homicide outside the Dolphin nightclub in the Logan Square community area on the North Side, according to police. Charges have not been announced in either case, as of Wednesday afternoon.

Separately, gunshot homicides were reported in the past two weeks in communities on the North, South and West sides, according to police information. Meanwhile, a 19-year-old man was stabbed to death March 15 in a domestic killing in Albany Park on the Northwest Side, police said.

Seventy-seven homicides have been reported this year through Wednesday afternoon, up 20 percent compared with the 64 killings during the same period last year, according to RedEye data. A Chicago Police spokesman did not return RedEye's request for comment on the uptick of homicides.

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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.

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