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.