33 hurt, 4 dead in Chicago violence over weekend

As temperatures rose over the weekend, so did violence across Chicago.
April 14, 2014 8:46:00 PM PDT
As temperatures rose over the weekend, so did violence across Chicago. More than 30 people were shot- four fatally- between Friday afternoon and midnight on Monday.

"This week was a bad week," Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said. "We've identified a number of gang factions that are now in conflict with each other that sparked up some of this violence. We are taking steps to intervene."

Jasmine Martinez, 25, was shot in the head while at a red light in Humboldt Park Sunday at Kedzie and Grand.

"She leaned over, she was like, 'I love you.' I leaned over to give her a kiss. Next thing you know, she was on my lap," Joseph Irwin, victim's fiance, said.

Martinez was hospitalized in critical condition. Doctors told her mother there was not much hope for the mother of two.

In another incident, a 21-year-old man was shot in the head at the Parkway Gardens Apartment Complex at 64th and King, which is just down the street from Pastor Corey Brooks' New Beginnings Church.

"He was not in a gang. He was not participating in any gang endeavors. He was just a young man visiting family," Pastor Brooks said.

That man was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

"The numbers they are reporting may be going down, but there is a lot of violence on these streets," Brooks said. "These kids are not free to walk on blocks. They are not free to go two blocks over. They are not free to frequent certain stores."

"We know that crime is a bell curve. During the summer it goes this way and then it comes down at the end of the year. So we are gearing up for summer. We're looking at those conditions and setting plans in motion to make sure we continue the downward trend that's been going on for quite some time now," Supt. McCarthy said.


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