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Violent Weekend in Chicago Leaves 5 Dead, Others Wounded Despite Mayor’s Claims Crime Is Down

Bloody weekend in Chicago leaves 5 dead While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel boasts to the media that Chicago’s crime rate has allegedly reached a “record low,” five more families are preparing to bury loved ones while more than 20 others could possibly see the same fate.

Last weekend was one of the bloodiest weekend’s Chicago has seen this year as a confirmed five people were killed with roughly 22 others wounded due to gun violence.

The exact number of injured citizens since Friday has been wavering, with some reports citing numbers as high as 36.

The victims vary in age, gender and backgrounds, but many of the deaths are believed to be the result of hip-hop fueled gang wars that have long plagued the area.

For the mother of 17-year-old Gakirah Barnes, who was one of the slain citizens over the weekend, the situation is so hopeless that she has found a bit of relief in her daughter’s passing.

“At least I don’t have to constantly worry about what’s going to happen to her out on the street no more,” she said as she continued to cry and inspect the cemetery plot where her daughter will soon be resting. Gakirah will be buried beside her father who, years ago, was also a victim of gun violence.

Unfortunately, many of the weekend’s victims are also believed to be a part of the problem in the city as several had ties to gangs.

A majority of the weekend’s gang-related deaths appear to be linked to the feud between a local up-and-coming rapper who goes by the name Lil Jay and his more established rival Keith Cozart, known by most as Chief Keef.

Chief Keef sparks gang violence in Chicago

Source: The Guardian

So far the feud has led to the deaths of 18-year-old rapper Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman, Mario “Blood Money” Hess, who is Chief Keef’s older cousin, and 20-year-old Odee Perry, who was killed back in 2011 shortly after appearing in one of Chief Keef’s music videos.

Now threats are being exchanged via social media as rivals are swearing to avenge the deaths of their slain allies.

According to FBI director James Comey, the gang violence in Chicago is deeply rooted, incredibly complicated and difficult to manage.

“They’re old, they’re embedded in a part of the culture in this city, and it’s an enormous challenge,” Comey said in reference to the established gangs and tension in the area before explaining that Chicago had a “more ingrained and sophisticated street gang structure than many American cities.”

Despite all the deaths, Emanuel insists that the crime rates are drastically decreasing, but it may not actually be because there are fewer deaths.

Instead, it is more likely because fewer crime-related deaths are being classified as such.

Professor Eli Silverman of the City University of New York, who is an authority on the CompStat-style data systems used by police in Chicago and other major cities, explained that politics are involved when it comes to trying to claim a low crime rate.

“The pressure from the top is unrelenting,” Silverman said before adding that one Chicago officer once told him, “You can’t hide a dead body, but you can reclassify one.”

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7 thoughts on “Violent Weekend in Chicago Leaves 5 Dead, Others Wounded Despite Mayor’s Claims Crime Is Down

  1. What is wrong with black people? Why are they killing each other like that? ? Rahm Emaneul, is a lying fake. You can look in his eyes and his face, he really do not care about black folks, Obama's friend. Who are these folks who head the charter schools cooporations? I am willing to bet they are Jews, same as Emanuel.

  2. When Black folks quit using racism and slavery as the excuse to kill each , and just admit that the Black community has a serious problemm . Then you will see the issue resolved. The truth is this is most Black neighborhoods in this country , Dangerous and dirty . Say or look at someone wrong in a black arrea and you may lose your life. Yes ,this is a hangover from racial prejudice , oppression and slavery. But where do the excuses stop ?.

  3. Paul Hines says:

    Its impossible to help a race of people bent on destroying each other.

  4. Donna Hamilton says:

    It's so much more to it then just reading the headline. These are children doing the killing you have to look at the parents the community the schools so many factors to this insanity . Start holding the parent more accountable for there children .

  5. Donna Hamilton says:

    It's so much more to it then just reading the headline. These are children doing the killing you have to look at the parents the community the schools so many factors to this insanity . Start holding the parent more accountable for their children . Forget the war on drugs start a war on guns there are guns on the street that are used in war .

  6. Lyndon Allen says:

    If the Mayor and police Chief is serious in putting an end to the gang killing , all they have to do is to assign a batch of police to follow these gang leaders 24 hours a day and monitor them every day and night so that they can lock them away whenever an illegal gun and drugs is found with them. Is full time to stop the killings of eachother..

  7. its a shame, we have to do the klans men work. to my brothers in chicago, the need to kill each other is coming from a higher source, you all must realize that, and look at it from a different angle.

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