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As Labor Day Weekend Starts, 3 Lie Dead and 33 Are Wounded in Chicago Violence

As Labor Day Weekend Starts, 3 Lie Dead and 33 Are Wounded in Chicago Violence

Between Friday and Sunday night as the long Labor Day weekend began, three people were killed and 33 wounded — and the weekend still has one more day to go, since Labor Day falls on Monday this year.

The long weekend began with a flurry of shootings, 11 in all, on Friday night.

The weekend’s first homicide also happened Friday in the city’s Back Of The Yards near south side neighborhood when at 10:45 PM police found a 36-year-old man lying on a sidewalk — shot dead.

Less than five hours later, a 43-year-old man was shot and killed farther south.

By late Sunday night, a third man was shot and killed on the 7400 bock of North Ridge Avenue.

Some 33 others were wounded around the city during a 48-hour period. Most shootings happened near the south and south side of the city.

Chicago is still reeling over the death of nine-year-old Antonio Smith, a boy was shot six times near his apartment complex on August 21.

With the never-ending death toll mounting by the week, Little Antonio’s mother said this weekend that she is “praying for the whole city right now.”

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.  Email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com. 

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