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Chicago reaches 200 homicides for 2014

Chicago on Monday logged its 200th homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

A 19-year-old woman was fatally shot Monday in the 2200 block of West 69th Street in West Englewood, the Tribune reported. The death comes after a bloody Fourth of July weekend during which more than 75 people were shot and more than a dozen were killed.

Chicago reached the 200-homicide mark in 2013 on July 4; in 2012 on May 22; and in 2011 on July 5, according to RedEye data.

Homicides are down 4 percent so far this year compared with the same period in 2013, RedEye found. Chicago police said 2013 saw the fewest number of homicides since the 1960s. RedEye counted 440 killings last year. 

RedEye numbers are based on Cook County Medical Examiner findings and include killings deemed to be in self-defense. The police recorded 185 killings this year through Sunday, the Tribune reported

The city has recorded 18 homicides this month, as of Monday evening, RedEye determined. In July 2013, 53 homicides were logged, according to RedEye data.

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Humboldt Park logs 2 homicides in 4 days

Humboldt Park has logged two homicides in the last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

On Wednesday, a man was fatally shot in the 3300 block of West Division Street, police said. Four days earlier, a 42-year-old man was shot to death in the 3600 block of West Chicago Avenue, according to officials.

Seven homicides have been logged so far this year in Humboldt Park. The West Side community area recorded 14 homicides last year, down from 18 killings in 2012, RedEye determined.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in Austin, Englewood, Grand Boulevard, West Englewood and West Town, according to police information.

Meanwhile, a 28-year-old man was stabbed to death Friday in the 6000 block of South Sacramento Avenue in Chicago Lawn, police said.

June ended this week with 35 homicides, down from 44 killings in June 2013, according to RedEye data.

Two homicides have been logged so far this month. Fifty-three homicides were recorded in July 2013, RedEye found.

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Roseland logs 2 homicides in 2 days

Roseland has logged two gunshot homicides in the past week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

On Sunday, a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot in the 11100 block of South Lowe Avenue, police said. One day earlier, a 15-year-old boy was shot to death in the 10900 block of South Perry Avenue, according to officials.

Roseland has logged six homicides so far this year. The South Side community area recorded 20 homicides last year, up from 18 killings in 2012, RedEye determined.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in Austin, Chicago Lawn, Greater Grand Crossing, Hyde Park and Morgan Park, according to police information.

Meanwhile, a 54-year-old woman was fatally struck by a vehicle Tuesday in the 9100 block of South Euclid Avenue in Calumet Heights, according to media reports. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the case a homicide.

Twenty-eight homicides have been logged so far this month. Forty-four homicides were recorded in June 2013, RedEye found.

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4 West Side communities each see a homicide

Four West Side community areas each logged one gunshot homicide in the past week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

In West Garfield Park, a 30-year-old man was fatally shot Tuesday in the 3900 block of West Washington Boulevard, according to officials.

West Garfield Park has logged 11 homicides so far this year. The community area recorded 16 homicides last year, up from 13 killings in 2012, RedEye found.

In East Garfield Park, a 17-year-old boy was shot to death Sunday in the 3100 block of West Polk Street, police said.

East Garfield Park has logged five homicides so far this year. The community area recorded nine homicides last year, up from six killings in 2012, according to RedEye data.

In North Lawndale, a 27-year-old man was fatally shot Saturday in the 1300 block of South Central Park Avenue, officials said.

North Lawndale has logged four homicides so far this year. The community area recorded 17 homicides in 2013, down from 20 killings in 2012, RedEye determined.

In Austin, a 22-year-old man was shot to death June 12 in the 5700 block of West Augusta Boulevard, police said.

Austin has logged 18 homicides so far this year. The community area recorded 31 homicides last year, down from 37 killings in 2012.

Meanwhile, a 56-year-old man was stabbed to death Sunday in the 10400 block of South Morgan Street in Washington Heights, police said.

Twenty homicides have been logged so far this month. Forty-four homicides were recorded in June 2013, RedEye found.

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Women are 14% of Chicago homicide victims

Four women were shot to death in three separate incidents in Chicago in the last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

On Monday, two women ages 23 and 37 were fatally shot in the 3500 block of West 79th Street in Ashburn, police said. That same day, a 21-year-old woman was shot and killed in the 7300 block of South Perry Avenue in Greater Grand Crossing, according to officials.

On Friday, a 22-year-old woman was shot to death in the 100 block of North Keeler Avenue in West Garfield Park, police said.

Twenty-three women have been killed in homicides so far this year, representing 14 percent of the 162 homicide victims as of Wednesday afternoon, RedEye determined.

Female homicide victims comprised 12 percent of homicide victims in 2013 and 9 percent in 2012.
Citywide, there have been six other gunshot homicides in Chicago in the last week.

Two of the killings occurred in Austin. The victims were a 36-year-old man in the 4600 block of West Jackson Boulevard on Saturday and an 18-year-old man in the 4900 block of West West End Avenue on June 4.

The other four killings were in Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, Rogers Park and Washington Park, according to police information.

Fifteen homicides have been logged so far this month. Forty-four homicides were recorded in June 2013, RedEye determined.

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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.