Chicago is on track to have 700 murders in 2016. That would be the highest number of homicides in Chicago in nearly 20 years.
Homicides have already nearly doubled this year, with more than 93 murders since the start of January. There were only 52 murders in all of January and February last year.
If the city does have 700 or more homicides this year, it will be the highest number of murders since 1998, when 704 people were killed. . .
The year has already seen several high-profile murders: Two friends, 17-year-old Sakinah Reed and 16-year-old Donta Parker, were shot and killed while standing at a corner in South Shore.
A family of six, including two young boys, was found dead in their home in early February. They had been stabbed, beaten and one of them was shot.
Just days later, activist Matthew Williams, who had called for peace in the city for months, was shot while playing videogames in a friend’s house.
Most recently, a cab driver was found dead, shot in his head, in Lincoln Square.
The vast majority of the murders (83 of 98) have been gun shootings. Most of the victims (77.6 percent) have been between the ages of 13 and 34.