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Chicago logs 100th homicide of 2014

Chicago on Sunday logged its 100th homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

A 40-year-old man was stabbed to death Sunday in the 4100 block of West 26th Street in South Lawndale, the Tribune reported.

Chicago logged its 100th homicide on April 30 in 2013 and March 19 on 2012.

Chicago has recorded 31 homicides so far this month. The city logged 24 homicides in April 2013.

Homicides are up 3 percent year to date versus 2013 and down 37 percent versus 2012, RedEye determined.

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2 double homicides in Easter weekend

South Chicago and South Lawndale each saw double homicides in the last week, according to police information.

In South Lawndale, two men, ages 19 and 32, were shot to death Sunday in the 2800 block of South Sawyer Avenue, police said.

South Lawndale has logged five homicides so far this year. The West Side community area recorded 10 killings last year, down from 13 in 2012, RedEye determined.

In South Chicago, two men, ages 16 and 18, were fatally shot Saturday in the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue, according to officials.

South Chicago has recorded six homicides so far this year, including a double homicide in January. The South Side community area logged 11 killings last year, down from 14 in 2012, RedEye found.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Austin, East Garfield Park, Garfield Ridge, Greater Grand Crossing and West Town, according to police information.

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

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8 Chicago homicides in last week

Chicago Lawn last week recorded its second homicide of the month and sixth homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

A 17-year-old boy was shot Wednesday in the 6300 block of South Mozart Street, police said. He died two days later, officials said.

Chicago Lawn logged nine homicides last year, down from 22 killings in 2012, RedEye determined.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Ashburn, Gage Park, Rogers Park, South Shore, Washington Park, West Englewood and Woodlawn, according to police information.

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

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Rogers Park logs 3rd homicide of 2014

Rogers Park on Monday recorded its third homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

A 36-year-old man was shot to death in the 1600 block of West Howard Street, police said.

Rogers Park logged four homicides last year, down from seven homicides in 2012, RedEye determined.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Burnside and West Garfield Park, according to police information.

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

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3 elderly homicide victims in March

Senior citizens rarely tend to be homicide victims in Chicago though in March, three of the 24 victims were more than 62 years old, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

This year, four of the 69 homicide victims &m-;nearly 6 percent of victims &m-; were older than 62, according to RedEye data as of Thursday afternoon. Last year, 10 out 435 victims were senior citizens, composing 2 percent of victims, RedEye determined.

Homicide victims in Chicago tend to be men in their late teens or early 20s who were shot to death on the South or West Sides, RedEye data reflect.

"As you age, your risk of being a homicide vicim goes down," Loyola University criminologist Arthur Lurigio said. "Older people are less likely to be out of the house. They are less likely to be around violent people."

Elderly victims tend to be shot or stabbed to death, according to RedEye data.

On March 20, a 76-year-old woman was strangled to death in the 900 block of North Central Park Avenue in Humboldt Park, according to officials. Ten days earlier, a 73-year-old man was shot to death in the 11500 block of South Avenue G on the East Side, police said.

And on March 1, a 66-year-old man was fatally shot in the 2300 block of West 57th Street in Gage Park, police said.

People have been charged in half of the elderly cases this year, according to RedEye data. Charges were brought in 60 percent of these cases last year. Typically, each year charges are brought in one of four homicide cases.


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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.