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Cruel Winter: Chicago’s Shooting Epidemic Continues With 43 Homicides In January 2013 [PHOTOS]


Last year, Hip-Hop Wired reported on numerous homicides in Chicago. Closing out the year there was an unspoken hope that the start of 2013 would bring about some form of change, but that has not been the case.

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.

In hopes of continuing to shine light on what has become a war zone, Hip-Hop Wired takes a look at the 43 homicides that have occurred in Chicago over the month of January.


Photos: Facebook/Terrence Antonio James/Eric Clark

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  • WM

    This is extremely sad.. I live in a big city (10M+) and it’s a shock if we exceed 70 murders a YEAR. Last summer we had what we called the season of the gun because 32 people were shot in 22 days and THAT statistic caused a massive inquiry into our city’s police department…. Chicago needs to get it together…

  • Ralfine

    For comparison: Hong Kong has 7 million people and a very high population density. 2012 there have been 27 homicides in the whole year.

  • Thismy$2

    Obviously the CPD needs help call in the national guard and do the stop and frisk like NY for 6 months. The gang bangers don’t leave their guns at home so if you stop them that’s another gun off the street and reduction in crime.Build the jails and they will come!!!

    • chiboi773

      Chicago seizes more guns than nyc.. we been had stop and frisk they just dont call it that