For another year, Independence Day weekend shootings remain alarmingly high, as violence from Friday to Sunday left 10 people dead and 55 injured, the Chicago Tribune reports. The youngest victim was Amari Brown, a 7-year-old boy.
Among those killed Friday was Jose Hernandez, 26, who was fatally shot while standing on a porch early Friday. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Joseph Gutierrez, 20, was struck with bullets while riding a bicycle. He later died at a nearby medical facility.
Grover Tate was also a victim Friday. The 41-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and buttocks areas in the Washington Heights neighborhood. Vonzell Banks, 17, was shot near Hadiya Pendleton Park Friday afternoon and was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.
On July 4, Amari Brown, 7, was shot in the chest. His grandmother Vedia Hailey and family members are heartbroken. "Who would do that to a baby? When is it going to stop?" said Hailey to the Chicago Tribune.
There were five fatalities on Sunday. One 23-year-old male was fatally shot in the Albany Park area and a 26-year-old male was fatally shot in the South Shore area. John L. Hunter, 25, and Willie Hunter, 31, were struck and killed by multiple bullets while sitting in an SUV Sunday. Anthony Strong was also shot and succumbed to his injuries after being transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
In 2014, there were 16 deaths and 82 shootings in the Windy City during the Fourth of July weekend. In 2013, there were nine deaths and several dozen injured over the holiday.
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