A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed early today in Milwaukee, hours after an evening vigil for another young victim of a surge in deadly violence in the city, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The boy was killed around 12:30 a.m. in a housing development. Police said they have identified a suspect and are searching for that person. The vigil Tuesday night was for Tariq Akbar, a 14-year-old boy shot and killed Friday night after the city’s Fourth of July fireworks show. The two teens are among the youngest of the estimated 83 people shot and killed so far in 2015, just three short of matching the total for all of 2014.
The deadly violence this year has far outpaced anything seen in recent years. In the past five years, the number of homicides peaked in 2013, when 105 people were slain. That year, police said gang infighting fueled the spike. This year, officials say many of the killings seem to revolve around arguments and fights among people who know each other. “Blood is just staining our city,” activist Shawn Moore said at the vigil. “You can’t wash that off. That pain, that’s going to last a lifetime.”