Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Life in "Progress" City - Chicago edition

Sunday morning's Chicago Tribune went to bed a full day before reporters could complete their lengthy computer spreadsheet of Independence Day weekend gun casualties: more than 70 people shot, 11 of them fatally, from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday evening. Two other murders — a stabbing and a beating — pushed the city's homicide toll to 13.

But Sunday's news reports, in print and online, had plentiful horror, even if it was statistically incomplete: A large map depicted the spots where, during the first six months of this year, more than 1,000 people had been shot. The 70-plus shooting victims over the holiday weekend will pack many more dots on the map.

If you missed the special report accompanying the map, "The echo of gunfire," make your way back to Sunday's paper or search online for that phrase. The human stories you'll read — of shock, of loss, of grief, of a hundred other sorrows — will reaffirm how lethal Chicago's violence has become, and not only for those who wind up in body bags.


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