Tracking homicides in Chicago

West Side community logs double homicide

Eight homicides were reported in Chicago in the last week, with two of the killings in the Lower West Side community, according to preliminary police data.

Two men, ages 18 and 22, were shot to death Saturday in what police believe were gang-related killings. Charges had not been announced in the homicides, as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Lower West Side, which is just north of the Stevenson Expressway on the West Side, has reported two homicides so far this year. The community logged three homicides last year, down from seven killings in 2013, according to RedEye data.

Citywide, gunshot homicides have been recorded in the last week in the Roseland, Washington Heights and Woodlawn communities on the South Side and the Uptown community on the North Side, according to police information.

Meanwhile, a man has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing his ex-wife's boyfriend to death Saturday in the New City community on the Southwest Side, officials said. On Monday, a seven-month South Lawndale girl died from blunt force trauma, allegedly at the hands of her grandma, according to officials.

Ten homicides have been reported so far this month. Twenty-five homicides were logged in March 2014, according to RedEye data.

The city has reported 61 homicides, as of Wednesday afternoon, versus 52 killings in the same period in 2014, according to RedEye data.

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2 homicides in Roseland in 1 day

Five homicides were reported in Chicago in the past week, with two of the killings in the Roseland community on the South Side, according to preliminary police data.

Two men, ages 23 and 60, were shot to death in separate Roseland killings Feb. 25, police report. Police say one of the killings was possibly gang-related while the motive in the other case is not known. Charges had not been announced in either case, as of Wednesday afternoon.

Roseland has logged six homicides so far this year, the most of any Chicago community area. Of the six killings, arrests have been announced in two of the homicides, which were domestic-related stabbings, according to officials.

Roseland logged 12 homicides last year, down from 20 killings in 2013, according to RedEye data.

Citywide, gunshot homicides have been logged in the past week in the South Deering and Avalon Park communities on the South Side and in Rogers Park on the North Side, according to police information.

February ended last week with 19 homicides, down from 21 homicides in February 2014, according to a RedEye analysis. Two homicides have been reported so far this month. Twenty-five homicides were logged in March 2014, according to RedEye data.

The city has reported 53 homicides, as of Wednesday afternoon, versus 49 killings in the same period in 2014, according to RedEye data.

 

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2 homicides in 2 days in Englewood area

Five homicides were reported in Chicago in the last week, with two of the killings in the Englewood area on the South Side, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

A 26-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday in the West Englewood community area, police said. Two days earlier, a 25-year-old man was shot to death in the neighboring Englewood community area, according to officials.

Both victims were documented gang members, police said. Charges had not been announced in either case, as of Wednesday afternoon.

West Englewood has logged three homicides so far this year, behind the North Lawndale and Austin communities on the West Side and Roseland on the South Side, which have each logged four homicides — the most of any Chicago community area.

West Englewood logged 26 homicides last year, up from 21 killings in 2013, according to RedEye data.

Englewood has reported two homicides so far this year. The South Side community area recorded 21 homicides last year, down from 23 killings in 2013, according to RedEye data.

Citywide, gunshot homicides have been logged in the last week in Austin, Logan Square and Uptown, according to police information.

Sixteen homicides have been reported so far this month. Twenty-one homicides were recorded in February 2014, according to a RedEye analysis.

Counting January totals, the city has seen 48 homicides, to date, versus 40 killings in the same period in 2014, according to RedEye data.

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Chicago sees homicide slowdown

Two homicides, both on the South Side, were reported in Chicago in the last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found, bringing the city's total number of homicides to 43 for the year, as of Wednesday afternoon.

That's up from 35 homicides at this time last year, according to RedEye data.

On Sunday, a 22-year-old man was shot to death in what was likely a gang-related attack in West Englewood, police said.

One day earlier, a 31-year-old man was found beaten to death in the city's Roseland community, according to officials. Police say they have not determined a motive in that killing. No one had been arrested in either case, as of Wednesday afternoon.

To date, Roseland has four reported homicides for the year, tied with the North Lawndale community on the West Side for the most homicides. Last year, Roseland logged 12 homicides.

In January, there was an average of one homicide a day, according to RedEye data. This month, 11 homicides have been reported.

Police spokesman Martin Maloney credited the slowdown to partnering with residents and community leaders, putting more officers on the street in high-crime areas and intervening in gang conflicts.

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Austin sees 2 homicides in 1 day

Six homicides were reported in Chicago in the last week, with two of the killings in the Austin community, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

The most recent killing in the West Side community happened about 10 p.m. Monday when a 37-year-old man was shot to death in the 5100 block of West Crystal Avenue, authorities said.

Less than 12 hours earlier, a 33-year-old man was fatally shot in the 200 block of South Lotus Avenue, according to authorities.

No arrests had been announced in either killing as of Wednesday afternoon.

Austin has logged three homicides so far this year, according to RedEye data. In 2014, 36 homicides were reported, up from 31 killings in 2013.

Meanwhile, gunshot homicides were reported in the last week in the Belmont Cragin community on the Northwest Side, the Humboldt Park community on the West Side and the Near West Side community, according to police information.

In the Roseland community on the South Side, a 48-year-old woman was found stabbed to death Sunday during what authorities say was a domestic case in the 11300 block of South Parnell Avenue, police said.

Citywide, nine 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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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.

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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.

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