(Chicago Tribune) With more than 4,300 shootings and 750 homicides in 2016, Chicago has had the most violent year in almost two decades.(Chicago Tribune) It was movie night in Demarco Kennedy's Far South Side apartment.But the danger spread into more neighborhoods, too, and randomness became an all-too-familiar element to many shootings. As the year wound down, with the promise of a new year coming soon, a violent Christmas Day."It's a shame.Grim milestones added up: The deadliest month in 23 years. It's a shame," said Rafi Peterson, a community activist in the Chicago Lawn community on the Southwest Side. 26, 754 people were slain in Chicago compared with 480 during the same period last year, an increase of 57 percent, according to official Police Department statistics.But some experts have come to one conclusion: Chicago's dramatic rise in homicides this year is the highest of any major city.A draft released Thursday of a new study from the University of Chicago Crime Lab noted that of the five largest U. cities by population, including New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Houston, Chicago has seen the largest single-year homicide increase of the last 25 years.On cold days and warm days, snowy days and during holiday weekends alike. 9 in the Rosemoor neighborhood was among the 92 homicides across Chicago that month, the most the city had seen for a single month since July 1993 when there were 99.
Harvard Avenue, a few blocks from 102nd and State streets where he's from. "Maybe not even over gangbanging, but an argument," said Pierce, who knew what would follow. Harvard Avenue, a few blocks from 102nd and State streets where he's from. "Maybe not even over gangbanging, but an argument," said Pierce, who knew what would follow. They did note, however, that more homicides were committed with guns in Chicago than other cities.The 32-year-old railroad worker's wife and three children waited for him in the living room, with plans to watch the animated film "Rio 2." He sat at his dining room table, paying bills.As the children attempted to crawl into a hallway, Kennedy's wife saw him fall over.In November, homicides totaled 77, the worst for that month since 78 in 1994.The Police Department statistics do not include about an additional 20 killings on area expressways, police-involved shootings, other homicides in which a person was killed in self-defense or death investigations.