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Chicago Sees Deadliest Year In Two Decades

With over 700 deaths alone in 2016, the city entered the New Year on edge.
Chicago Sees Deadliest Year In Two Decades
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The city of Chicago experienced one of the deadliest years on record in 2016.

Clocking in at 762 murders, authorities are calling 2016 the deadliest year on record in over two decades, CNN reports.

That is more than a 50 percent increase in murders in just one year — up from 496 in 2015. Chicago hit 500 homicides before the end of the summer in 2016.

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And it didn’t die down over the holiday season; five people were killed and at least 41 others have been wounded in shootings across the city over the New Year’s holiday weekend, according to Chicago Police.

Over the Christmas weekend, 27 shootings took places. Of those, 12 people were killed, CNN reports.

“We have a traumatized city,” Susan Johnson of Chicago Survivor told NPR. The group provides counseling services to the families of murder victims. Johnson says people are living “hair-trigger,” with anger issues “as a result of living in trauma and in violence.”

Forty-two people were shot in Chicago over the New Year’s holiday last year, leaving four dead.