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Chicago Homicides

Say Her Name: Chicago Gun Victim Kaylyn Pryor, Model

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 11.04.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

This is the face of Chicago's Inner-city gun violence victims: a face of elegance, potential, beauty, and ambition. Pryor had a promising future, an Evanston high school graduate, winner of the Mario Tricoci competition, and was someone people praised and enjoyed being around, according to various social media tributes. Say her name.

Black on Black Crime: The Myth That Divides

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 10.02.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

I cannot imagine hearing of lives lost of someone of a different race than me and brushing it off as "their" problem. As a nation, citizens being affected by violence and having to live in unsafe communities is an American problem, not a black problem.

Chicago Rapper Chief Keef: The New King of The Blues?

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

On May 14, 2015, the world lost blues legend Riley B. King, also known as B.B. King who wowed the world with his soothing, somber Delta Blues that connected new generations with the lingering pain of struggles rooted in the Deep South.

13-Year-Old Fatally Shot In Chicago After Facebook Fight, Police Say

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.09.2015 | Crime

Chicago parents are mourning the death of their 13-year-old son after he was shot Sunday night, allegedly as the result of a confrontation between his...

Homicides Drop, But Shootings Rise As Chicago Still Struggles With Guns And Violence

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.31.2014 | Crime

Though Chicago is ending 2014 with its lowest number of homicides since 1965, a look at the broader picture of gun violence in the Windy City tells a ...

9-Year-Old Fatally Shot In Chicago Yard

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.21.2014 | Crime

A distraught family is looking for answers after a 9-year-old boy was fatally shot in the back yard of a Chicago apartment building Wednesday afternoo...

Relative Of Slain Teen: 'I'm So, So Angry At The World Right Now'

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

A 16-year-old girl who was dedicated to her schoolwork and wanted to work in forensic science was among the seven people killed in shootings across Ch...

Wake Up and Face the Music, Chicago

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 10.11.2014 | Chicago
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

Chicago native Franklin Vanderbilt, who has spent the past seven years touring as a drummer with Lenny Kravitz, has a suggestion: Start intervention a lot sooner in life. Swap a gun with a guitar or a set of drum sticks and you never know what kind of an influence you can make in a child's life.

Joseph Erbentraut

This Is What It's Like To Lose Your Own Child To Gun Violence | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices

On May 10, 2007, Annette Nance-Holt lost her only child, 16-year-old Blair, when a gang member opened fire on the Chicago bus he was riding. Blair dov...

Man Fatally Shot Outside Lollapalooza After Party

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.04.2014 | Crime

A 32-year-old man was gunned down early Sunday outside an unofficial Lollapalooza after party at a nightclub in downtown Chicago. According to DNAi...

Joseph Erbentraut

Gun Violence May Cost America's Most Famous Mayor His Job | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

It's been another violent summer in Chicago. More than 80 people were shot, 16 fatally, over the Fourth of July holiday weekend -- the bloodiest we...

11-Year-Old Killed By Stray Bullet At Sleepover, No Arrests Yet

AP | Posted 07.20.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Police say they haven't arrested anyone yet in the death of an 11-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet while at a fr...

Feds Sending More Support To Combat Chicago Violence

AP | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials are sending more agents to Chicago to help the police department fight violence after the city experienced a bloody...

Twitter Says #FixingChicago Doesn't Require The National Guard

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.10.2014 | Black Voices

Gun violence in Chicago left over a dozen people dead and more than 60 others wounded over the Fourth of July weekend. Amid now-familiar calls to brin...

Jesse Jackson: Chicago Needs A 'Reconstruction Plan'

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.09.2014 | Black Voices

Amid reports of yet another young life lost to gun violence in Chicago, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called the surge of shootings in the city over the Four...

Shootings Up -- But Homicides Down -- In Chicago

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 08.31.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — The number of homicides in Chicago fell during the first half of the year compared with the same period last year, but the total numb...

14-Year-Old's Slaying Latest Example Of Chicago's 'Cycle Of Violence'

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — When a 14-year-old Chicago girl was arrested on charges that she shot and killed another 14-year-old Chicago girl, much of the attent...

Superintendent McCarthy 'All Bark and No Bite'

Tio Hardiman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Chicago Police Superintendent McCarthy has failed to deliver in the category of reducing homicides in Chicago. McCarthy arrived in Chicago in mid-2011 to take over as Superintendent after Supt. Jody Weiss resigned.

Joseph Erbentraut

Even If Chicago's Overall Violence Is Down, There's Still A Huge Problem We're Overlooking | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.07.2014 | Crime

When the Chicago Police Department unveiled their latest statistics on violent crime in the Windy City last week, the news sounded better than expecte...

Chicago Police Plan Surge In Street Patrols To Combat Violence

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.01.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — With the number of shootings in Chicago already climbing with the temperatures, police are being dispatched by the hundreds on overti...

Chicago Woman Gunned Down After Anti-Violence Fundraiser

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices

A 32-year-old woman heading home from an anti-violence fundraiser she helped organize was among five people killed and at least 35 others wounded in g...

36 People Shot In 36 Hours In Chicago

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.14.2014 | Crime

A 17-year-old girl killed Friday afternoon was among at least 36 people wounded in gun violence over the weekend in Chicago. Gakirah Barnes, 17, wa...

16-Year-Old Fatally Shot Outside Chicago Church

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.07.2014 | Black Voices

A high school sophomore gunned down outside a church was among more than two dozen people hurt in weekend gun violence in Chicago. Michael Flournoy...

How Anti-Gang Efforts Are Impacting Chicago Violence

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 04.09.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — A year ago, Chicago's closely watched battle with street gangs sunk to perhaps its lowest point when Michelle Obama came home for the...

Chicago Homicides Down 50 Percent In January -- But Can The Trend Last?

Posted 02.03.2014 | Crime

Chicago police say 2014 has gotten off to a markedly less bloody start than recent years in the Windy City, though they admit that the historic deep f...