VIDEO: Bloody Labor Day Holiday Weekend Sends Chicago Homicide Rate Soaring Over 500

By  //  September 8, 2016

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ABOVE VIDEO: After a bloody August saw homicides climb to a 20-year high, a deadly Labor Day weekend sent Chicago’s 2016 homicides soaring past 500, surpassing total murders for 2015 with four months still left in the year. (FOX News Video)

(FOX NEWS) – After a bloody August saw homicides climb to a 20-year high, a deadly Labor Day weekend sent Chicago’s 2016 homicides soaring past 500, surpassing total murders for 2015 with four months still left in the year.

In all, 65 people were shot during the holiday weekend, 31 of them between 6 a.m. Monday and 3 a.m. Tuesday, The Chicago Tribune reported. The 13 killed brought the city’s skyrocketing homicide total to 512 – already well past the 491 logged in 2015.

“It is a complex problem with multidimensional facets to it,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Friday of Chicago’s homicide rate.

“It’s not just about more police, but it will include that. But it’s also about more resources for our children, more resources for our neighborhoods and stiffer laws that reflect the values of our city.”

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The mother of four and cousin of former Miami Heat and now Chicago Bull player Dwayne Wade was murdered in Chicago on August 26. Chicago police arrested two brothers in connection with the death of Aldridge. Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, were each charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder. Both men are gang members who were on parole for gun convictions. 

The scores of dead and wounded in the early days of September follow 90 homicides in August, tied for Chicago’s deadliest month since June 1996.

Nearly 3,000 people have been shot this year, according to data analyzed by The Tribune.

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That includes several deadly celebratory periods in 2016: 69 shot (six dead) during Memorial Day weekend and 66 shot (five dead) during the Fourth of July weekend.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks to Eddie Johnson, the cities Police Superintendent. (Chicago Sun Times Image)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for answers after a bloody Labor Day weekend. (Chicago Sun Times Image)


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