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This weekend was the deadliest so far this year in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that 17 people were killed, including an eighth-grade honors student and twin 17-year-old boys.

Between Friday afternoon and early Monday morning, nearly a dozen and a half people died, and 42 were injured by gun violence, outpacing last year in shootings and homicides. Of the 17 people who were killed, seven were younger than 20.

Typically, warm weather begats violence, but this weekend’s toll was deadlier than the three long summer holiday weekends: Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend and Labor Day weekend, according to Tribune data. Up until now, Father’s Day weekend 2016 had been the most violent with 59 people shot, 13 fatally.

The youngest victim was 14-year-old Demarco Webster Jr., described by his grade school principal as one of her best students. Webster had planned to run for student council and try out for basketball, and he was being recruited for an NAACP leadership program.

A little more than 24 hours later, 17-year-old twins Edward Bryant and Edwin Bryant were killed in an apparent drive-by shooting in Old Town. Both had been shot several times and were pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

This past weekend there were shootings in every area of the city but the Far North and Northwest sides, according to police.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty


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