The tragic carnage in Chicago continued into the Christmas weekend, unabated.
Statistics showed an astounding 56 percent increase in homicides compared with a year ago. Chicago Police Department spokesman Jose Estrada reported to the New York Times that a year ago about this time the total number of the city’s homicides stood at 476. This year the number is 745.
2016 marks the first year in almost two decades that Chicago’s homicide total has topped 700, according to a report published by the Chicago Tribune.
Most of those succumbing to the violence are males under 30 years of age.
Some of the individuals who have seen their last Christmas include:
An 18-year-old male, driving on the city’s south side, was shot multiple times in the neck and back at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Another man was found shot dead early Sunday in the yard of a home on East 76th Street.
Two more young men who tragically lost their lives to the city’s violence over the weekend were 21-year-old Derrick Jones and 20-year-old Stephen Tucker. Both were shot while in front of a home on the city’s west side shortly before 11:00 p.m. Friday night.
These are but a few of the 27 people shot in Chicago over Christmas weekend.
Chicago, like much of the country, had seen a decline in violence since the 1990s. In the last few years that trend has changed, much of it due to increased gang violence. It has often been theorized that law enforcement departments and their officers are hesitant to aggressively police high-crime neighborhoods because of the risk that their actions will be assailed by the Black Lives Matter movement, most of the media, and even the White House.
The unsurprising result appears to be a spike in unnecessary deaths of primarily young men, and many more grieving families.