Chicago Claims Title for Deadliest Weekend of 2016

Skylar Hampton, Writer

Over the holiday weekend, street violence in Chicago hit a high for the year. In 2016, holiday weekends have provoked lots of violence around the city. This year, however, the homicide rate hit an all-time high, with 18 confirmed deaths.

Police confirmed that violence typically does spike over holiday weekends. In Chicago, however, these numbers are abnormally high. Six people were shot over Memorial Day weekend, thirteen over Labor Day weekend, and five over the Fourth of July.

In addition to the deaths, there were forty-seven shootings throughout the city. This weekend concluded with 18 confirmed deaths in Chicago, with at least seven people in their teens or younger.

Such violence is  not unusual to Chicago, as the city has had over six hundred homicides in 2016 alone.