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Chicago sees one of its most violent Thanksgiving weekends in recent years

Chicago saw its second most violent Thanksgiving holiday in recent years, with nearly four dozen shootings over the long weekend.

From Wednesday afternoon to early Monday, 44 people were shot in the city, eight of them fatally, according to data kept by the Tribune.

That’s down from the 70 people shot during the holiday weekend last year, but it’s nearly double the 28 people shot in 2015 and more than twice the 19 in 2014.

The homicide count for the year follows a similar pattern: There have been 621 homicides in Chicago as of Monday, 100 fewer than this time last year but well above previous years. The count was 450 at this time in 2015, 402 in 2014 and 400 in 2013, according to Tribune data.

At least 3,322 people have been shot this year, about 690 fewer than last year but more than 1,000 above the count for 2014, 2013 and 2012 at this point.

The first casualty of this year’s holiday weekend was a 38-year-old man.

James Jones was shot in the head around 1:35 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of East 77th Street in the South Side’s Chatham neighborhood. Jones was found dead in his car after police said he was shot by three people.

About 24 hours later, an 18-year-old man was killed about half a mile away in the same neighborhood. The man was shot when he refused to comply with a robbery, according to police.

A 61-year-old man was killed over the weekend in what police characterized as a domestic incident. Carl Edmundson was found in the basement of a Far South Side home with head injuries and lacerations to his groin area, according to police. Investigators were questioning a relative.


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