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Chicago Weekend Marks Deadliest of Year for City

Chicago saw 17 people fatally shot, marking this weekend the deadliest so far this year, Chicago Tribune reports.

The violence pushed homicides past the 600 mark, a record that hasn’t been seen since 2003. In January, the city saw 50 killings and violence has erupted throughout 2016 at levels unseen since the 1990s.

Summer is typically the year’s most violent stretch, but no letup has occurred. Not counting Halloween, Chicago saw 76 homicides for the month of October. That’s 2 1/2 times the 30 killings a year earlier.

In addition to the fatalities that occurred between Friday and Monday, another 42 people were wounded, and shooting incidents for the year are closing in on 3,000. That’s a 46 percent jump from 2,044 a year earlier, according to Chicago Police Department’s statistics. A Tribune analysis found that at least 3,662 people have been shot, 1,106 more than a year earlier.

14-year-old Demarco Webster Jr., was shot around 1:20 a.m. Saturday while helping his father move out of a building on the city’s West Side.

On Monday, Demarco’s stepfather, Juawaun Hester, said his stepson loved going to Jensen Elementary Scholastic Academy.

“I can’t believe it,” Hester, 45, said. “I feel like this is worst city. I don’t really understand what is really going on. It’s just not safe. But I just feel like it’s going on everywhere now. No matter where you go.”