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56 Shot, 12 Dead During Memorial Day Weekend In Chicago

By Rachel Cromidas in News on May 26, 2015 2:20PM

The warm-weather revelry of Memorial Day weekend brought with it an uptick in gun violence around the city, with authorities reporting that at least 56 people were shot between Friday afternoon and Tuesday morning—at least 12 fatally.

Police are investigating each of the attacks but no suspects were in custody as of early Tuesday morning, according to the Chicago Tribune's Peter Nickeas and Deanese Williams-Harris, who tallied up the record and reported on the bloody weekend from the ground.

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in Chicago, as most of the city's beaches open and the warm weather ushers in the start of grilling season. But the warmer weather also marks the start of cyclical upswing in gun violence that statisticians expect to last through September. Last year, the city recorded more than 40 people with gunshot wounds and at least 11 homicides over Memorial Day Weekend.

This year two people were fatally shot over night from Friday to Saturday, four people were fatally shot between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, three people were fatally shot over Sunday night and another three were killed Monday afternoon, according to reports.

The locations of the killings spanned the city, including Austin on the West Side, Bronzeville on the near South Side, Irving Park on the Northwest Side and Rogers Park in the far North.

The Tribune has detailed accounts of several of the shootings, provided by police representatives.