Tracking homicides in Chicago

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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8 homicides in Chicago in last week

Eight homicides were reported in Chicago in the last week, with four of the killings on the Southwest Side, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

On Wednesday, a 19-year-old man was shot to death in the 6600 block of South Oakley Avenue in Chicago Lawn, officials said. That same day, a 25-year-old man was fatally shot in the 5300 block of South May Street in New City, police said.

Police said the two shootings may be gang-related.

On Friday, a 17-year-old boy was shot to death in the 5800 block of South Western Avenue in Gage Park, according to officials. Two days earlier, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot in the 8100 block of South Artesian Avenue in Ashburn, police said.

Police said the Gage Park shooting may be gang-related while the motive for the Ashburn shooting is not yet known.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were reported in the last week in the Near West Side, North Lawndale, South Shore and Washington Heights community areas, according to police information.

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

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4 homicides in last week

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

On Friday, a 35-year-old man was shot to death in the first block of South Kostner Avenue in West Garfield Park after an argument over drugs, officials said. One day earlier, a 51-year-old cab driver was fatally shot in an attempted robbery in the 1200 block of South Albany Avenue in North Lawndale, according to officials.

Meanwhile, gunshot homicides were reported Tuesday in Brighton Park on the Southwest Side and Douglas on the South Side, police said.

Citywide, 11 homicides have been reported so far this month. Twenty-three homicides were reported in January 2014, according to a RedEye analysis.

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South Shore logs 1st double homicide of year

Six homicides have been reported in Chicago this month, with the South Shore community area on the South Side recording the city's first double homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

Two men, ages 18 and 19, were shot to death Tuesday in the 7800 block of South Luella Avenue in South Shore, according to officials. The men were documented gang members, and the shooting was possibly gang related, police said.

South Shore, which counted 52,000 residents in the 2010 Census, has two reported homicides so far this year, the highest homicide toll of Chicago's 77 community areas, according to RedEye data.

South Shore—which is loosely bounded by 67th Street on the north, 79th Street on the south, Lake Michigan on the east and South Chicago Avenue on the west—recorded 16 homicides last year, down from 31 killings in 2013, a RedEye analysis found.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the Austin, North Lawndale and Roseland community areas, according to RedEye data. On Monday, a 56-year-old woman was stabbed to death in a domestic incident in the 3500 block of West 77th Place in the Ashburn community area on the Southwest Side, according to officials.

Twenty-three homicides were reported in January 2014, according to a RedEye analysis.

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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.