October has been one of the most violent months this year in the city of Chicago: This weekend, four were killed and 32 were wounded during a Indian Summer-like weekend.
The deaths occurred on Friday and Sunday, but Chicago was lucky that even more didn’t die on Sunday as there were nearly as many shootings on that one day (18 incidents) alone as both Friday and Saturday combined (21 shootings). Sunday, of course, had the nicest temperatures.
The first two deaths occurred on Friday at 10 PM and 11:30 PM: Denzell Franklin, 23, and Charles Wright, 39.
The other pair of deaths occurred on Sunday. In one case, Marc Williams, 17, was shot by an unknown assailant who walked up behind him on the street and opened fire without warning.
Also, a 36-year-old man was found dead on the street by police in the Pilsen neighborhood.
This brings the carnage for October to 307 shot and killed with 1882 shot and wounded. The murder rate for 2014 looks set to easily surpass that of 2013 — with two months still to go the city has already lost 367 citizens to violence, whereas in 2013 the year-end total was 379. Still, 2012 had a worse murder rate with 438 homicides.
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