- Two hours into 2016, DeAndre Holiday, a 24-year-old father of three, became another sad statistic of Chicago's runaway violence, fatally shot in the chest as he left a New Year's Eve party in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side.
In the weeks since, the tally of those killed has hit 50, making January the deadliest start to a year in Chicago in at least 16 years.
As many people died in January as in many summer months, the usual peak season for violence.
And that's just homicides:
- By 8 a.m. Sunday, the final day of the month, about 280 people had been shot in January, according to a Tribune analysis of Police Department data. Shootings nearly doubled from last January and — perhaps more worrisome — jumped more than 60 percent from the first month of 2012, the last year in which homicides rose above 500.
In all, 50 were killed as of Sunday morning — a figure that includes three beating and stabbing deaths, the analysis showed. That's the most homicides in January since at least 2000 — as far back as publicly available city statistics go. The Police Department was unable to provide numbers further back.
Unfortunately, you ain't seen nothin' yet.