At least 10 people were killed and 39 others wounded in one of the most violent Chicago weekends in recent history.
Reports Huffington Post:
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that most of the victims were in their mid-teens or early 30s, with the exception of 6-year-old Aliyah Shell, who was gunned down Saturday while playing in front of her home in the Little Village neighborhood.
Two teens were arrested and charged in Aliyah’s slaying Sunday. As temperatures rised into the 80s — a record in the city for March — the violence continued.
Saturday, Adrian Cruz, 24, was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting on the 5900 block of South Fairfield Avenue. Vincent Fitts, 22, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in the 800 block of East 79th Street.
Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jeremy Anthony, 24, was shot in the back while inside a vehicle in the 6300 block of South Ellis Avenue, CBS reports. Anthony was pronounced dead on arrival at the nearby University of Chicago Medical Center.
Those wounded in shootings, according to the Sun-Times, included a 1-year-old girl and her mother, who suffered graze wounds Sunday on the South Side.
CBS Chicago reports that both teens arrested in Aliyah’s death were affiliated with the Latin Kings street gang.
“This is what the politicians should focus on, instead of promising lower taxes and lowering the gas and stopping pornography,” neighbor Ray Navarro said. “You know what? I’ll pay the taxes. I’ll pay the high gas prices, but focus on this violence that’s killing these kids.”
Last year, two Chicago Sun-Times reporters won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of a similarly violent Chicago weekend in 2008 — when 40 people were shot and seven killed in just 59 hours.
The violence garnered national attention, but this weekend was even worse. In 2010, lawmakers considered calling in the National Guard to combat Chicago gang violence.
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