Chicago Has Most Violent Weekend This Year With 7 Dead

46 people were shot this past weekend.

Posted: 06/17/2013 08:32 AM EDT

Police investigate scene where five people were injured in a drive-by shooting on June 10, 2013, in Chicago. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Father's Day weekend in Chicago ended as the city's most deadliest of 2013, leaving 46 people shot and seven dead. 

Thirty-three people were shot Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, six of them fatally, according to the Chicago Tribune. Friday afternoon into Saturday, 13 people were shot and one killed. 

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office said the youngest victim was 15-year-old Michael Westley, who died Sunday, writes the Associated Press.

Last year around this time 53 people were shot and nine killed in a weekend. 

The violent weekend comes after reports last week that the homicide rate had fallen to its lowest since 1960 in Chicago, as police presence increased in areas with high incidents of gang violence and gun crimes. Rates were down 34 percent in 2013, compared to the same time last year.

Adam Collins, Chicago police spokesman, noted that the numbers are still down from last year but acknowledges that there is still much work to be done. "There's going to be good days, and there's going to be bad days, which is why we've been calling this progress, not victory," said Collins.


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(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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