As of today, Chicago has had more shootings deaths than days in the month of January. Even worse, this is the second consecutive year the number has reached no less than 40. In comparison, New York City saw 14 murders in the same month.
The Midwest City is on track to surpass 2012’s numbers, giving it the bloodiest January for the first time in 10 years. Community leaders and politicians alike have promised to work and put a dent in the violence, yet no solution has been found.
Continuing at this pace, Chicago is in line to easily exceed 500 homicides this year. “It’s disappointing,” said Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. “You don’t throw out everything you’re doing because you had a bad couple of days.”
Perhaps the saddest part of this horrid reality is that parents now have no choice but to be in fear for the lives of their children. Bullets have no names, ages, or even specific targets, and countless of youngsters have lost their lives as a result.
Among the latest was the story of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. Weeks earlier, the teen experienced what would end up being one of the biggest moments of her tragically short life by performing at President Obama’s inauguration. She was gunned down after school in an area just blocks from the president’s’ Chicago home. Both she and a 16-year-old boy were hit.
Pendleton’s story has gone the way of so many like her, faces immortalized in tragedy.
Prior to her death Pendleton had done her part to speak out against gun violence in her hometown. She participated in a PSA, telling a story that would later become her own. “So many children in the world have died in gang violence…from being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said.
Given the clear ties to the president, the belief by some is that the situation in Chicago–and countless cities across the nation–doesn’t get the attention needed to help bring about a cease-fire.
Below are the victims’ names:
Octavius Lamb, 20, gunshot, 1-1-13
Kevin Jemison, 29, gunshot, 1-1-13
Devonta Grisson, 19, gunshot, 1-1-13
Myron Brown, 30, gunshot, 1-1-13
Ezquiel Velasquez, 17, assault, 1-1-13
Ulysses Gissendanner, 19, 1- 2-13
Michael Kozel, 58, 1-3-13
Unidentified Black male, gunshot, 1-5-13
Angela Welch, 55, stabbing, 1-5-13
David Kartzmark, 25, gunshot, 1-5-13
Taison Moore, 33, stabbing, 1-6-13
Marcus Turner, 19, gunshot,1-6-13
Lavonshay Cooper, 22, 1- 6-13
Darvelle Brown, 24, gunshot, 1-8-13
Tyshawn Blanton, 31, gunshot, 1-8-13
Michael Santiago, 21, auto crash, 1-8-13
Johnny Taylor, 23, gunshot, 1-9-13
Brian Cross, 34, gunshot, 1-10-13
Tyrone Soleberry, 39 , gunshot, 1-10-13
Marcus Wallace, 23, gunshot, 1-11-13
Victor Vega, 15, gunshot, 1-11-13
Rey Dorantes, 14, gunshot 1-11-13
Damian Barnes, 22, gunshot,1 -13-13
Gregory Brady, 28, gunshot –1-14-13
Curtis Porter, 51–, gunshot, 1-15-13
Tyrone Lawson, 17, gunshot, 1-16-13
Claudia Martinez, arson, 35, 1- 16-13
Jorge Valdez-Benitez, 18, gunshot, 1-17-13
Marshall Fields-Hall, 21, gunshot, 1-18-13
Jovantay Alexander, 19, gunshot,1-18-13
Layla Stewart, 2, child abuse, 1-20-13
Elton Johnson, 35, gunshot, 1-23-13
Ronald Peters, 50, gunshot 1-25-13
Ronnie Chambers, 33, gunshot 1-26-13
Allen Smiley, 41, gunshot 1-26-13
Norman Stokes, 38, gunshot 1-26-13
Dimitiri Buford, 32, gunshot 1-26-13
Willie Wilson, 33, stabbing, 1-26-13
Unidentified black male, gunshot, 1-26-13
Antonio Fenner, 16, gunshot 1-26-13
Gino Angotti, 20, gunshot 1-29-13
Devin Common, 27, gunshot, 1-29-13
Hadiya Pendelton, 15, gunshot, 1-29-13
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