June 25th, 2012
07:57 PM ET

Chicago gang violence decimating city's urban youth

The numbers say it all – at least 31 people shot, four of them fatally wounded – in just two days.

But this isn't a tally of casualties from some far-flung war zone. This is a weekend in Chicago.

Since January, there have been more people murdered on the streets of Chicago than U.S. soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Gang violence is blamed for many of the 244 deaths in the Windy City so far this year, and as our Ted Rowlands found out, many of the victims aren't even old enough to join the military.

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  1. Derrick

    No matter what the cycle will keep happening until something is done in poverty stricken communities out here in Chicago, there are no Jobs, no sense of community, bad schooling, bad policing, on top of that bad parenting. There are no programs being form in these high schools need more trade programs, and after school programs that can give the kids an outlet to see things outside there environment. This situation is due to years and generations of poverty, drugs, gangs, and bad parenting, due to the fact that the kids are raising themselves either because of long hours there mother work and the lack of father and strong African American males in the community. I've always believe if you have more churches and liquor stores then actual businesses your community will fail especially to the working blue collar class. This is not just an Chicago issue this is an United States issue because it is happening in every major city.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
  2. Mark

    Our mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, is not living up to his campaign promises of hiring more police. He had a specific plan to hire XYZ # of police using TIF money and has not done so and now makes no mention of it anymore. In fact, he says he did it, when fact he did not. TIF money is money taken from our schools, and now he not only doesn't want to use that money to pay for police, he doesn't want to give the CPS teachers the raise they are asking for whilst he is demanding they work an hour longer every day. Rahm you can't have your cake and eat it too, give the TIF money back to the schools or use it for the police. We don't need to use the TIF money to build more, we can't control what we have already. We don't need to spend $8million in city tax money to say build the Mariano's grocery store directly across from the Dominick's in the West Loop, a city-paid project you backed from almost day 1.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
  3. peoplechange2

    I have one for u and your guest (Roland, and I'm ashamed of you man) talking trash about the President not stopping the gang violence in chicago his home town, FOR GOD'S SAKE GET A LIFE AND LET THAT MAN TEND TO HIS. Talk to the Mayor. That's his problem. Talk to the parents, it's their parents, I find how u discern various topics as far from correct as the right wing is. FAUX wouldn't hire you???

    June 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  4. J

    -Interesting poetics: The boy says, "Walkin down the street, you never know. It could be your time to go." As if this was his forthwith destiny. As if the world had placed his youth and life in harm's way, as if the devil had for-ordained a deal for death over life. No, he is wrong; just cause there is a lack of money within his place in life (and perhaps city at this time), does NOT warrant that he is foregone to die in the range of gunfire. THAT, my dear friends, is a lie...a lie by Satan, in romanticizing the world of 'gang relationships' as being a necessity to life itself..."It's not." Period.

    June 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply

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