While plenty of media outlets have put together retrospectives of all of the celebrities who have passed away in 2016, the Chicago Sun-Times is kicking off 2017 with a photo montage of more than 600 homicide victims — and even that falls short of the year’s total, which is closer to 800.
— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) December 31, 2016
The montage — comprising “every victim’s photo that the newspaper could obtain” — will wrap Sunday’s print edition. Homicides in Chicago were up nearly 60 percent in 2016, though the final number is difficult to pin down … the Chicago Tribune reports that there were 10 shootings, four of them fatal, between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
Chicago’s death toll is so high this year it’s driving up the murder rate for the country’s biggest citieshttps://t.co/jq3DaYBfY4
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 20, 2016
The Washington Post reports that while the homicide rate is up around 14 percent overall for the country’s 30 biggest cities, Chicago alone is largely responsible for skewing that result, accounting for almost 44 percent of the overall increase.
So far this year Chicago has seen over 750 homicides, a 58% increase compared to last year. Dean Reynolds reports, now pic.twitter.com/glEECygAde
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 27, 2016
Wow. Gun-Controlled Chicago Fast-Approaching 800 Homicides for 2016 https://t.co/7qvEVgSQeE
— Ben Owen, HRK (@hrkbenowen) December 27, 2016
2016 Shootings: 4,324
2016 Homicides: 753
2015 Shootings: 2,989
2015 Homicides: 478
Let that sink in.
— Matt (@matt_may) December 28, 2016
Damn. I know we losing a lot of famous people this year but, 753 Homicides in Chicago this year. That's really insane.
— KevChoice (@KevChoice) December 27, 2016