Recent homicides nudge city past ‘07 murder rate

On Nov. 6, five people in Chicago–including two teens–were murdered, surpassing last year’s murder rate. According to Monique Bond, news affairs director for the Chicago Police Department, there were 441 homicides as of Oct. 31. For the

On Nov. 6, five people in Chicago–including two teens–were murdered, surpassing last year’s murder rate.

According to Monique Bond, news affairs director for the Chicago Police Department, there were 441 homicides as of Oct. 31. For the same time period in 2007, there were 443.

The murders of Brian Murdock, 15, and Quinton Buckner, 17, helped push this year’s homicide rate past last year’s rate for the same time period. The two teens were shot to death in the Englewood community, where the mother and brother of Academy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson were also found dead.

The identity of the other three victims, all adults, was unavailable.

Community residents said they are concerned with all the killings in Chicago, especially in Englewood.

“There’s too much killing going on and something has to be done to put a stop to it,” said Mary Sherman, 54. “Every time I turn on the TV, I hear about some teenager getting killed by another teenager. I really feel for those folks who live in Englewood because it seems as though a lot of the killings are taking place there.”

The South Side community has received a lot of media attention since the Hudson murders last month, which remains unsolved.

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