Most Chicago Murders Blamed On Gangs; Why Do They Do It?

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With 739 murders as of yesterday, 2016 has been Chicago’s deadliest year since 1997. Six fatalities came during Memorial Day weekend, when the New York Times tracked 49 shootings involving 64 victims over three days. An overwhelming majority of the city’s 3,451 shootings this year were gang-related, police say. What that means has become increasingly fuzzy, as the large, well-organized operations built around drug dealing have splintered, and are now little more than cliques or . . .

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