Photo: Chicago Bloody Weekend
Chicago had a bloody Father’s Day weekend with 7 dead and 41 shot including a Latino teen, who was the weekends youngest victim.
As bad as the news sounds this is much better than the crime statistic for the same weekend in 2012. According to Chicago Police there were 8 fewer shooting incidents this past weekend. Nonetheless, this weekend was the single-most violent weekend of the year.
Shootings started Friday night and were at their peak on Saturday night when six of the seven reported deaths occurred and 13 of the 41 shootings occurred.
Numerous shootings occurred in the prominently Latino neighborhoods of Little Village and Humboldt Park. Victims ranged in age from 16-to-40 years. The youngest victim was a Latino teen, 16-year-old Kevin Rivera who police confirmed had known gang affiliations.
Rivera was walking in an alley on the city’s Northwest side neighborhood of Hermosa, when an unidentified gunman rode up on a bicycle firing several shots into his arm and back. Rivera was several blocks away from his home when he was shot, he died Sunday morning at a hospital.
The CPD themselves were involved in two fatal shootings; one involving a 15-year-old teen on the south side of the city. High school freshman, Michael Westley, was shot during a foot chase and allegedly after pointing one of his two guns at police. The fatal shooting occurred on Father’s Day.