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Chicago Gang Violence

Chicago Police Trade Guns For Gift Cards At Turn-In Event

Posted 06.04.2012 | Chicago

Usually when Chicago police officers confiscate firearms, they don't exchange them for prizes. But that's exactly what will happen on June 23, when th...

Suspect Charged In Pizzeria Shooting That Killed 13-Year-Old

Posted 05.30.2012 | Chicago

Police have charged a Chicago man with first-degree murder after gunshots fired into an Uptown pizzeria killed a 13-year-old boy. Ivan Alanis was f...

13-Year-Old Killed During Another Bloody Chicago Weekend

Posted 04.09.2012 | Chicago

Police say a shooting that killed a 13-year-old boy in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood this weekend, one of four fatalities among 21 wounded by g...

Wade Sports 'Praying For Darin' Message On Shoe

Posted 04.03.2012 | Chicago

During Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade showed off a special addition to his uniform -- a tribute to his nephew,...

McDonald's Employee Charged With Shooting Chicago Cop

Posted 03.22.2012 | Chicago

A 20-year-old McDonald's employee has been charged in the near-fatal shooting of a decorated Chicago police officer. Paris Sadler is due to appear ...

Person Of Interest Questioned In Police Officer's Shooting

Posted 03.20.2012 | Chicago

Updated story A Chicago police officer was shot in the chest and critically injured after he chased after an alleged curfew violator in the city's...

Outspoken Priest Leads Anti-Violence March To Scene Of Recent Murder

Posted 03.05.2012 | Chicago

The outspoken leader of St. Sabina Parish on Chicago's South Side organized an anti-violence march Sunday encouraging community members to break the "...

Two Men Charged In Halloween Shooting Of 10-Year-Old Boy

Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago

Two Chicago men have been charged in the Halloween shooting of a 10-year-old boy on the city's Northwest Side. Cruz Perez, 22, and Steven Figueroa,...

WATCH: Emanuel Attends Memorial For 260 Chicago Children Killed By Violence

Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among the attendees at a Monday memorial honoring some 260 Chicago Public School students killed by violence during the...

WATCH: Common Inspires South Side Kids To Pursue Dreams, Not Crime

Posted 12.03.2011 | Impact

Though Common's wild success has taken him far beyond Chicago's rough South Side where he grew up, he's returned to help -- and inspire -- the underpr...

Prosecutor: Man Partied After Fatally Shooting Cop

Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago

A man who allegedly killed a plainclothes Chicago Police Officer in the early morning hours of a summer's day in 2009 was reportedly drinking tequila ...

Gang Member Charged In Brutal Attack That Left 14-Year-Old In A Coma

Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago gang member was charged late Tuesday in the brutal beating of a 14-year-old boy he mistook for a member of a rival gang to the point of a co...

13-Year-Old Boy Among 3 Teens Injured In Rogers Park Shooting

Posted 11.13.2011 | Chicago

A 13-year-boy was in serious condition Tuesday morning after being shot along with two other teens in the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago's North ...

4 Teens Shot Near Mayor's Planned Meeting On South Side

Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

Four teens were wounded Tuesday night in a drive-by shooting in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood--where Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. H...

Butcher Killed By Stray Bullet While Working

Posted 10.11.2011 | Chicago

A butcher and cashier of a South Side meat market was killed Thursday morning after a bullet came through the window of his workplace, Margarita's Mea...

Top Cop Declares War On Gang After Shooting Of Two Young Girls

Posted 08.11.2011 | Chicago

An alleged member of the Maniac Latin Disciples gang was charged on Friday for the shooting of two young girls in a Northwest Side park, as the new he...

Curbing the Tide on Decades of Violence in Chicago

Tio Hardiman | Posted 07.09.2011 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Imagine growing up in a system where, generation after generation, the zip code you live in means you are going to have to fight the moment you walk out the front door.

Will Guzzardi

As Teen Unemployment Crisis Worsens, Youth Tell Legislators Their Stories | Will Guzzardi | Posted 07.03.2011 | Chicago

Four legislators, several Chicago-area service providers and dozens of high-school and college-aged youth sat down on the South Side Monday for a summ...

Teen Soccer Star Shot, Killed Celebrating Bulls Victory

Posted 06.29.2011 | Chicago

The bright future of 16-year-old Kabiru Adewunmi was tragically snuffed out Tuesday night, as he was killed walking with friends to a convenience stor...

Cops: Teen Shot 12-Year-Old At School After Facebook Dispute

Posted 06.28.2011 | Chicago

Authorities have charged a 14-year-old boy with attempted murder and aggravated battery in the shooting of a boy two years his junior in front of a So...

Veterans Stand Guard To Ensure Chicago Kids Get Home Safe From School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Chicago neighborhoods and schools are notorious for rampant gang violence. Last year, 700 young people fell prey to gunfire in Chicago, dozens of whic...

Searching for Peace Summit

Tio Hardiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

CeaseFire recently organized a Peace Summit. You could sense the tension in the air: the crowd was composed of more than 300 young men and women from some of Chicago's meanest streets.

South Shore Drill Team Helps Young People Succeed In Chicago's Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For teenagers in Chicago's turbulent South Side, staying in school and away from trouble can be a challenge. For 30 years, the South Shore Drill Team ...

The Aftermath Of A Chicago Murder: Living In Fear Of Gangs, Police On The South Side

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Seven people were killed from late Thursday afternoon to early Friday on Chicago's South Side. One was 18-year-old DeAndre Morgan, and on Friday, his ...

Schoolgirl Gang Brutally Beats Teen On CTA Bus (VIDEO)

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A gang of schoolgirls beat a sophomore girl so brutally this week that the victim's hair was ripped from her scalp -- but parents allege the victim's ...