Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2013
Originally Posted: March 6, 2013
Guns, gangs and grief have all played a
part in Chicago's grim history of violence -- from the days of Tommy guns and
the St. Valentine's Day Massacre to today's handguns and semi-automatic
The nation's gun violence discussion focused on Chicago in January after 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot to death in a park less than a mile from President Obama's Kenwood home.
That followed a 2012 in which Chicago had 506 homicides -- 443 of them gun-related deaths, a 16 percent increase over the previous year. The first month of 2013 had 43 homicides, making it the deadliest January in a decade.
But there are signs of hope. Homicides in February dropped to 14, the lowest total in 57 years.
The Red Line Project
staff spent the last two months tracking gun violence in the city -- the
causes, possible solutions and the impact on communities. They interviewed
dozens of sources, analyzed crime statistics, and produced videos, infographics
and data visualizations.
This is what they learned ...
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