Plus eight other charts from the University of Chicago Crime Lab that help explain the city's soaring homicide numbers.
In 1992, the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old boy galvanized the city. Today’s violence is a reminder that underlying problems remain unsolved.
Citywide homicide rates obscure the vastly unequal safety risks that separate neighborhoods.
“These are things that don’t cost money, and that just make sense,” Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin said.
One victim was celebrating his 25th birthday on Bourbon Street. Another was a 2-month-old child fatally shot by her father in an Alaska hotel room.
In a city with a homicide rate higher than Chicago’s, residents say they feel left behind. “We have lost just about everything,” says one.
Vincent Robinson is on a mission to “stop the violence” — but he isn’t in a hurry.
They fear for their safety.
Tim King founded Urban Prep Academies to help Chicago’s young black men succeed. Each time a current or former student is killed in a shooting, he has the difficult task of delivering the news.
I Left A Violent Chicago Neighborhood to Go to College. I Still Can’t Shake the Feeling That I May Get Shot.
"Feeling completely safe is a luxury I fear I’ll never have, no matter where I am," writes Columbia University graduate student Darius Johnson.