The killings have become an epidemic, and Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson blamed violent crime in Chicago on “weak gun laws in neighboring states.”
Fabien Lavinder, 15, just became another statistic in Chicago’s ever-growing crime reports. He died around 11 p.m. Tuesday, after being shot while in his car, making him the 66th and last murder victim in Chicago for the month of May. According to police, this May is now the deadliest in Chicago since 1995 when 75 people were killed.
The Chicago Tribune reports that 243 people have been killed in Chicago during the first five months of this year, the highest on record since 1999 when 248 were killed.
Overall shootings have increased more than 50 percent so far this year as well. Nearly 400 people were shot in May, with a total of over 1,500 so far this year, according to the Tribune. More than 50 people were shot and 8 killed on Mother’s Day weekend, and Memorial Day weekend saw 6 people killed and 63 wounded.
Police superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a speech Tuesday, “We’ve seen a steady downtrend in violence since the beginning of the year.” Chicago Tribune says, in fact, May homicide numbers were the world of any month yet this year.
In his remarks Tuesday, Johnson also pointed to weak gun laws in neighboring states, an endemic gang culture that ensnares children at younger ages and a “broken and overwhelmed” judicial system that releases violent offenders too soon.
He also spoke of social media contributing to the violence, saying many young people “taunt each other, brag about their crimes and dare others to confront them.”
Fabien Lavinder’s family are devastated, saying they want to leave Chicago. One family member said, “We should have just stayed in the ‘burbs.”
Fabien had been out Tuesday night with two friends, and was dropping off one of the friends when someone walked up to the car and shot him in the chest through the window. His friends drove him to the hospital, but by the time they arrived, it was too late.
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