Deadliest July in Chicago in 10 Years

Chicago Tribune, August 1, 2016

Trinyce L. Sanders-Wilson was a member of the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church for more than 20 years.  She was in the choir and worked with the children at the West Side church.

As she left Sunday services and crossed the street to her car over the weekend, her estranged husband walked up and shot her dead, authorities said. Then he killed himself.

Sanders-Wilson was among the last of the 65 people killed in Chicago in July, a toll that pushed the number of homicides in the city this year to nearly 400.  The total for all of last year was 490.

It was the deadliest July since 2006, when 65 homicides were also recorded, according to Chicago Police Department records.  Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson noted that the month was still lower than June, when 72 homicides were reported.

But Johnson acknowledged that the same neighborhoods have been taking the brunt of the gun violence.  “We shake our heads and ask why some of our communities on the West and South sides are being held hostage,” he said at a news conference.

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