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52 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Weekend: 8 People Were Slain, 44 Wounded — 5 Between 11 and 15-Years-Old

Chicago crime scene.
Chicago crime scene. (Screen capture from YouTube video).
Five of the victims were children between 11 and 15 who were playing in a park next to an elementary school, the Chicago Tribune reports. The youngest had just returned from church and shared Easter dinner with relatives when a car pulled up and opened fire. She was struck by two bullets, one of them puncturing her lung and breaking her collarbone, leaving her in a critical condition.

By Jennifer Rubin
Over the weekend eight people were slain and 44 wounded in Chicago. “Although murders in Chicago spiked to 516 in 2012 – only the second time homicides surpassed 500 since 2003 – they dropped to 415 last year, the lowest murder total for Chicago in nearly 50 years. The superintendent said the vast majority of shootings in Chicago are gang-related, and detectives were working to determine ‘which of the hot conflicts’ were to blame for the most recent spate of violence.” Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) seems to think that the strict anti-gun laws in the city and state are insufficient. (Local news reports unsurprisingly state that the weapons used in most of these killings were illegally obtained.)

The Chicago Tribune reports that Emanuel denounced the violence, “calling for adults around the city to instill the right values in their children and to stand up for the safety of their neighborhoods. . . . Emanuel said he spoke to the parents of five children who were shot over the weekend, as is his custom, calling it the most difficult part of his job. ‘I want them to know that I love them, I care for them and their city cares for them, and we will be there as many tomorrows as it takes,’ he said.” He continued: “Every child deserves a childhood, regardless of where they live. But to do that, our city and community, the neighborhoods that make up this city, cannot live by a code of silence. They have to live by a moral code. Now I’ve read some of this, and I just want to say this, when some people go ‘Well, it’s the weather.’ It’s whether you have values.” He added, “Yes, weather’s an impact. Where you put police is an impact. Whether you have summer jobs, after school programs, camps, summer reading programs. We have to do that and more.” Emanuel might have also addressed the responsibilities of fathers who abandon their children and religious leaders who can cultivate those “values” the mayor mentioned. After the killings, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago announced that it would set up a special violent crimes unit.

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