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Murders Double In Bloody November As Chicago Surpasses 700 Slayings

By Kelly Bauer | December 2, 2016 12:58pm
 Javon Wilson's family weeps over his casket.
Javon Wilson's family weeps over his casket.
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DOWNTOWN — Murders doubled and shootings were up 186 percent during a violent November.

At least 67 people were murdered this month — twice the number of people killed last November (38). The city has already seen more than 700 people murdered this year with a month to go. In all of 2015, just 494 people were murdered.

Among this month's victims was 1-year-old Raiylana Vasquez, who prosecutors said was stomped on to death by her mother's boyfriend. Also killed was Javon Wilson, 15, who was slain by two teenagers over a dispute over gym shoes, police said. Wilson was Rep. Danny Davis' grandson.

Almost all of the victims were killed in shootings, which surged 186 percent compared to November 2015. There were 291 shootings that killed or wounded 361 people this month, according to a DNAinfo Chicago analysis.



The November surge in violence follows a trend this year: Shootings and homicides have reached their highest point in years, rivaling violence not seen since the '80s and '90s, and Chicago has seen more murders than New York and Los Angeles combined.

Police have blamed rising gun violence on gang violence and said a relatively small group of people in the city are responsible for the shootings.

Here's a breakdown of the violence each month so far:

• October: 78 People Dead After Bloodiest October By Far In Years

September: Chicago Shooting Victims Total Tops 3,100 So Far In 2016

August: Chicago Has Had More Murders Than New York And L.A. Combined This Year

JulyBloody July Sees Spike In Chicago Gun Violence As Shootings Up 45 Percent

June: 'An Orlando Every Month': Shootings Up 50 Percent In Chicago

May: Chicago's Violent May Rivals Bloody ’90s: ‘Our Community Is Under Siege’

April: With Nearly 1,100 Shot, Shooting Victims Up 75 Percent This Year

March: Shootings Up 80 Percent In Chicago This Year, Highest This Decade By Far

February: 187 Shot in Chicago in February, Nearly Triple Those Shot in February 2015

January: 2016 Off To A Bloody Start as Shootings Double: 42 People Killed, 210 Hurt

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