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Chicago's deadliest year: How killers are ‘glamorized’ like Al Capone after Windy city breaks 25 year violence record

GUN violence in Chicago is likely to "get even worse", according to officials who say that gang killers there have been "glorified and glamorized" like the infamous mobster Al Capone.

Last year was the Windy City's deadliest year in a quarter of a century as shocking data shows that there were at least 797 homicides recorded – 25 more than the number in 2020, and 299 more than 2019.



And, there were more than 3,500 shooting incidents last year – just over 300 more than 2020’s data.

Police data reveals that New York and Los Angeles recorded 300 fewer homicides than Chicago.

David Brown, superintendent of Chicago Police, said: “We all know this has been a challenging year here in the city of Chicago.

“Too many families are reeling from the loss of (loved) ones due to senseless gun violence.”

Cops in Chicago have removed more than 12,000 weapons from the street and teams have worked hard to stop the flow of illegal weapons into the city.

Brown revealed that the Chicago Police Department plans to increase the number of cops on the beat, and reduce the caseload per detective from five to three.

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Activist and Violent Interrupters executive director Tio Hardiman told The Sun: "People have come to expect violence.

"There has always been high levels of violence in Chicago. 

"But really there is a feeling of hopelessness and desperation out there at the moment. There is no tomorrow for them.

"It's the same way the mobsters were glorified and glamorized – the same culture exists here."

Professor Lance Williams, who studies violence in cities, believes that things will get worse before they get better for Chicago.

He told The Sun: "We have let things get so far out of control there really is nothing you can do to stop it right now."

The expert added: "The community needs resources and it needs young people plugged back in. But that is something you cannot do right now, it won't be solved in the short term. 

"It's like trying to put out a forest fire – it's a massive problem."

Williams said: "I do not expect that it will go significantly any time soon. I expect it [crime] will still be high going into next year. And I fear it will get even worse than it is right now."

SERIES OF SHOOTINGS

One person was killed and a 17-year-old girl was among nine people injured in the city on New Year's Eve.

Anthony Watkins was struck in the neck while walking in Gresham. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No one was in custody and investigations continue.

And, a teen girl was shot three times in the leg at the Congress Hotel in South Loop.

A man, thought to be 18, was taken into custody and quizzed by cops. Police said that officers recovered a weapon at the scene, according to NBC5.

Sheridan Freeman, 23, was gunned down less than a mile from where he lived in West Pullman on the morning of December 14.

He was an aspiring videographer and had a one-year-old son, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

GUN TRAGEDY

Diane Archer said: “He was fun-loving, very smart and talented."

She added that Sheridan wanted to go to film school.

The videographer was killed just a day after a 29-year-old man was injured in a drive-by shooting while working down the same block, according to police.

West Pullman has seen a surge in violence as murders have rocketed by a whopping 450 percent since 2019, according to a Sun-Times analysis of city data.

Suraj Mahadeva, 26, was standing on a friend's porch in the Palmer Square neighborhood on December 11 when he was struck.

His friend found Suraj with a wound to his head. He passed away in hospital.

The 26-year-old worked as a medical clinician after graduating with a degree in neuroscience.

He was also an LGBTQ champion and volunteered as a swimming instructor, according to CBS2.

His sister Althea told Block Club Chicago: "He liked everything and everyone, and what he loved the most was helping people."

J. Saxon-Maldonado told the outlet: “Suraj was a beautiful, brilliant person – always charismatic, effervescent, happy. I’m struggling to rationalize how it’s possible.”

A family member, known only as Jen, said: “I’m going to miss his smile and hugs.”

Chicago’s Chinatown was left rocked following the death of 71-year-old ex-restaurant owner Woom Sing Tse.

'SENSELESS' KILLINGS

Cops said he was allegedly walking on the sidewalk when Alphonso Joyner, 23, opened fire from the driver’s seat, Fox32 reported.

Joyner then fired several more shots in Tse’s body, fatally killing him.

Superintendent Brown said Tse “achieved” the American dream.

He said: “He was a man who came to this country just with a few dollars in his pocket.

“Mr Tse built their home and provided for his family. He was a father, a husband, a grandfather, a man of the community, a Chicagoan.”

Tse’s son William branded the killing “senseless”, adding the family cannot “comprehend” it.

He added that Tse was the “epitome of the immigrant coming to America and taking chances”.

William recalled that his father raised him with “tough love”, adding: “It’s this stoic mentality, you have to suffer before you succeed in life. You take the long road. Nothing is handed to you.”

Family members said Tse was played basketball every morning and branded him a “superior” ping pong player.

Joe Biden has vowed to “keep up the pressure” on tackling gun violence as it rampages across the country.

Before the Christmas recess, he called on Senators to pass gun laws – just weeks after students were shot dead in Oxford, Michigan.

Teen Ethan Crumbley was charged with one count of terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder.

Biden previously described gun violence as an “epidemic”.

Last year, Biden issued executive actions as he called for a crackdown on ghost guns and “evidence-based community violence intervention”.

But, his agenda appears stalled as he lacks the support in the Senate to pass the measures into law.



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