Chicago's Bloody Weekend: 46 Shot, 7 Killed
Youngest victim was 16
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2013 6:50 AM CDT
   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – The news out of Chicago just five days ago was encouraging: after a murder-riddled 2012, this year's murder rate had plummeted to a level not seen in 50 years. Today, the news is of a darker nature. Between Friday afternoon and Sunday, a total of 46 people were shot in the city, seven fatally, per the Tribune. (Other sources put the tally slightly lower.)

The stat does represent a sort of improvement: The Tribune reports that around this time last year, those numbers were 53 and nine, respectively. And the Atlantic Wire notes that a deadlier weekend has already occurred in 2013: January closed with eight deaths. The youngest victim, 16-year-old Kevin Rivera, apparently tried to flee from a gunman on a bicycle late Saturday. The dead teen's family was just two weeks away from a move from their sometimes dangerous Hermosa neighborhood.

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People_Suck
Jun 17, 2013 8:38 PM CDT
Ban Chicago.
Seelow
Jun 17, 2013 5:18 PM CDT
Must have been a Tea Party event, with all that violence? obama obama obama obama obama
HMD-SMD-ITY
Jun 17, 2013 4:47 PM CDT
Silly Chicogans, they think bangers don't read news articles. Saw the "bullet" point about lowest crime rate in 50 years and they said to each other, "we can fix that." The rest of the story is on the next headline.