Another holiday weekend has passed so you know what that means…….Chicago had yet another one of it’s “deadliest weekends”.
Smh. When the hell does it end Chicago?!
Chicago just saw the deadliest weekend of one of its most violent years ever — with at least 17 people dying from gun violence in four days.
The victims spanned nearly every part of the city, and the casualties included two twin teenage brothers and an eighth-grade honors student.
“It was a tough weekend,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a Monday press conference.
He repeated his call — always coming after — for the city to keep cracking down on rampant gun runners.
“Listen, until we start holding repeat gun offenders accountable for these crimes, we’re going to keep seeing cycles of gun violence like this,” Johnson said.
Johnson did not pinpoint a reason for the spike in shootings, but denied speculation that the department diverted cops to Wrigley Field for Cubs World Series games.
“I’m confident that we had the resources out there,” Johnson said, noting that most of the shootings were gang-related.
The youngest victim was Demarco Webster Jr., a 14-year-old who was already being recruited for an NAACP leadership program. He died Saturday morning while helping his father move out of a building, according to the Tribune.
Also among the dead were Edward and Edwin Bryant — 17-year-old twins who suffered several shots each in a driveby shooting Sunday. They died in a hospital within an hour of each other.
The brothers were with gang members at the time of the shooting, but neither brother had any affiliation, Johnson said.
Both brothers were star basketball players, with Edward helping his Chicago Demons team with tournaments in Houston and Las Vegas this year, the Sun-Times reported.
Edward “had a Kevin Durant look,” his coach Vince Carter said, and he had “been coming into his own in the last few years.”
Brian Fields, a man who survived a shooting caught on Facebook Live in March, also died over the weekend when an unidentified gunman fired into his car Friday night.
Until now, Father’s Day weekend was Chicago’s deadliest of the year. Fifty-nine people were shot then — the same as this past weekend — and 13 died. Chicago typically sees its bloodiest weekends during summer holidays.
There have been at least 638 homicides in the city so far in 2016 — 217 more than this time last year. More than 3,660 people have been shot.