Chicago has reported 42 homicides so far in 2013, making this month the most violent January in the city since 2002, says the Chicago Tribune. The bloody start to the new year comes as the police department hoped it had begun to turn the corner after a violent 2012 that saw homicides exceed 500, bringing unflattering national attention to Chicago. At a press conference a day after meeting with President Obama in the White House with other police chiefs, Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy expressed concern and regret for the wave of gun violence as January draws to a close. Seven people were killed Saturday alone.
“It’s disappointing,” said McCarthy, who defended his crime prevention strategies while noting that he had sat down with some of the “brightest minds” for four hours in Washington and heard little advice beyond what he’s already been doing. “You don’t throw out everything you’re doing because you had a bad couple of days,” McCarthy told reporters. “And unfortunately today’s (Tuesday) a bad day, too.” Criminologist Arthur Lurigio of Loyola University Chicago said, “It certainly bodes ill for this year’s projected homicide figures because it appears to be a continuation of the violent trends observed through many months of 2012.”