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Bloody Christmas weekend: More than 40 shot, 11 killed in Chicago

The Cook County Jail in Chicago.

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Christmas weekend was grim in Chicago even by this year’s poor standards for gun violence: Police say at least 41 people were shot, 11 fatally, between Friday night and Sunday night, the Chicago Sun-Times.

The victims include James Gill, 18, and Roy Gill, 21, who were killed when someone came from an alley and opened fire on a porch during a family party, the Chicago Tribune reports. Five others were injured in that shooting alone, two of them critically.

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Hours earlier, a man, around 40, was pronounced dead at South Side hospital after he was shot multiple times near the Apostolic Labor of Love, the church, where a pool of blood can be seen on the front step.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Jose Estrada says the New York Times that the number of homicides in the city so far this year is 745, 476 this time last year, and is also the first time since 1997 that there have been more than 700.

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He says that the total number of shooting victims so far this year is 4,252, 47% of 2,884 at this time in 2015. Most of the victims are men under 30.

The number of murders in Chicago this year on track to top that of Los Angeles and New York City together.

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