Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend is an especially violent period for the city of Chicago. But when the violence on a regular weekend eclipses the violence on a typically violent extended weekend, the mayor’s office might want to rethink the strategy — if any exists — to stem the problems.
At least five people were murdered and another 53 were wounded in shootings across the Chicagoland area over the weekend. This is surprisingly up from the extended Memorial Day weekend, which saw at least three killed and another 34 wounded.
Here are the names and ages of those who lost their lives over the weekend, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
Demone Moore, 26
Gerald Collymore, 39
Michael Cooper, 23
Jermaine Sanders, 27
Latrell Goodwin, 24
As for the year-to-date totals for Chicago weekend shootings, 113 people have been murdered and another 606 have been wounded in Chicago in 2021. The Chicago Tribune, which keeps a tracker of all shooting victims in Chicago, is reporting that — as of June 3 — 1,418 people have been shot this year. That number is 166 more than at the same point in 2020, which saw the second most shooting victims in the last 10 years of tracking data.