Chicago’s death toll is so high this year it’s driv­ing up the mur­der rate for the coun­try’s big­gest cities •

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chicago» Vi­o­lence in Chicago has con­tin­ued un­abated for much of 2016, with mur­ders and shoot­ings far ahead of last year even with days left in De­cem­ber. Chicago is one of mul­ti­ple ma­jor Amer­i­can cities see­ing an in­crease in killings since last year, deaths that are com­ing dur­ing a his­tor­i­cally safe era but that have still sparked con­cerns in com­mu­ni­ties see­ing more blood­shed.

Yet even though sev­eral cities have seen homi­cides go up, the sit­u­a­tion in Chicago stands out, both through sheer num­bers and the im­pact it is hav­ing on mur­der rates na­tion­wide.

Con­sider this statis­tic: The mur­der rate for the coun­try’s 30 big­gest cities is ex­pected to go up by 14 per­cent this year, ac­cord­ing to the Bren­nan Cen­ter for Jus­tice, a New York-based law and pol­icy in­sti­tute. But the killings in Chicago ac­count for an as­tound­ing 43.7 per­cent of this over­all in­crease in mur­ders, mean­ing that Chicago alone is re­spon­si­ble for nearly half of this spike. The Wash­ing­ton Post

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