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Chicago sees a bloody Memorial Day weekend with 69 people shot, 6 fatalities

May 31, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Chicago sees a bloody Memorial Day weekend with 69 people shot, 6 fatalities

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Chicago faced another tragic Memorial Day weekend as 69 people were shot, with six deaths from Friday to Monday.

The Windy City is no stranger to violent holiday weekends. However, this year’s events showed a vast increase in shootings from last year, although there was a decrease in fatalities.

According to the Chicago Tribune, almost half of the shootings that occurred this past weekend happened in the Harrison District, which is infamous for its brutal crimes. Seven of the shooting incidents involved more than one victim.

Police had vowed to increase surveillance in the area after the shootings started to erupt. However, 27 individuals were shot by the end of the holiday weekend, and an additional nine were added to the roster by Tuesday morning.

Fifteen-year-old Veronica Lopez was among the victims of this weekend’s tragic events. Authorities have reported that Lopez was killed in the early hours on Saturday while she was riding in a vehicle with two gang members. So far, no arrests have been made.

Lopez’s mother, Diana Mercado, revealed to the Chicago Tribune that she and her daughter had plans to relocate to Flordia next year to escape the violent streets of the Windy City.

The grief-stricken mother went on to say: “Now they took my baby.”

Another victim, Mark Lindsey, who was 25-years-old, was shot outside his mother’s house in a parked car. Another 25-year-old, Damien Cionzynski was killed after an altercation with two men in a gas station.

Authorities believe that increases in gun-related violence are attributed to gang rivalries. They further noted that this violence stems from a group of 1,300 individuals who the police department named “strategic subjects.”

Chicago has seen a record increase in shootings and homicides this year, with more than 150 murders and 700 shootings.

Gun violence is not Chicago’s only issue, multiple scandals from within the police department have come to light which stems from last year’s shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Eddie Johnson, Police Superintendent, said in a statement on Tuesday that “trust has broken down between the community and police.”

The Daily News has also reported that Chicago reached a $2 million dollar settlement deal with two officers who claim they were disciplined for whistleblowing on their own department.

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