At least 27 people were shot in Chicago over Christmas weekend


At least 27 people were shot in a 48-hour period over Christmas weekend, the New York Timesreported on Sunday, citing information from the Chicago police department, seven of them fatally.

One of the people killed was an 18-year-old man who was shot in the neck and back while he was driving through Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood early Christmas Day, around 1:30 a.m., reported the Times. Less than an hour earlier, a 21-year-old man was fatally shot in the head in the South Shore neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Officer Jose Estrada, a spokesperson for the Chicago police department told the Times on Sundaythat there had been a total of 745 homicides in Chicago this year — a more-than 50% increase from the same time last year, when the total was 476.

While homicides in Chicago have, as the Times reports, "skyrocketed" this year, the national murder rate hit a 33-year-low in 2016, the FBI announced in October, according to ABC News.

In Chicago however, Christmas weekend was deadly yet again — NBC5 Chicago reported that last Christmas weekend, 30 people were shot in Chicago and six died.

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Dale Bumpers

The American politician who served as the 38th Governor of Arkansas and in the United States Senate died on January 1. He was 90. 

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Craig Strickland

A country singer, Craig Strickland was the frontman for Backroad Anthem. He was 29. 

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David Bowie

A legendary English singer, songwriter and actor, David Bowie died on January 10. He was 69. 

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Monte Irvin

The Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder died January 11. He was 96.

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Rene Angelil

A Canadian musical producer, talent manager and singer, Rene Angelil was also the manager and husband of singer Celine Dion. He was 73. 

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Alan Rickman

An English actor and director, Rickman was known playing a variety of roles including Hans Gruber in "Die Hard" as well as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series. He was 69. 

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Glenn Frey

The singer, guitarist, Frey was a founding member of The Eagles. He was 67. 

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Abe Vigoda

The well-known actor, Vigoda was best known for roles in "The Godfather" and "Barney Miller." He was 94. 

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Paul Kantner

The founding member of Jefferson Airplane died January 28. He was 74.

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Maurice White

The founder of Earth, Wind, and Fire, died on February 3. He was 74.

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Edgar Mitchell

The Apollo 14 astronaut, who was the sixth man to walk on the moon, died on February 4. He was 85. 

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Dave Mirra

The famed BMX biker host of an MTV reality show died Feb. 4. He was 41.

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Antonin Scalia

The Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States died on February 13. He was 79.

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Harper Lee

The author of the literary classic "To Kill a Mockingbird," died on February 19. She was 89.

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George Kennedy

Best Supporting Actor winner for "Cool Hand Luke" and also co-star in "The Dirty Dozen" died on February 28. He was 91.

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Ashley Guindon

Guindon was responding to a domestic violence call on her first day on the job on February 27 when she was fatally shot. Two other officers were injured. She was 28.

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Joey Feek

An American country singer, Joey Feek performed with her husband Rory Feek before passing away after battling cancer. She was 40.

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Pat Conroy

Author of several critically acclaimed novels, Pat Conroy penned "The Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini." He was 70.

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Nancy Reagan

The actress-turned-first lady died on March 6. She was 94.

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George Martin

The producer for the Beatles, often called The Fifth Beatle, died on March 8. He was 90.

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Frank Sinatra, Jr. 

The singer and son of Ol' Blue Eyes, died on March 16. He was 72.

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Allen Jacobs

On March 18, Jacobs was shot by a 17-year-old boy he was interviewing about a weapons purchase. One other officer was injured. He was 28.

(Photo via REUTERS/Greenville Police Department/Handout via Reuters)

Rob Ford

The former mayor of Toronto died on March 22. He was 46.

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Malik Taylor, a.k.a. Phife Dawg

The rapper and co-founder of the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest died on March 23. He was 45.

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Garry Shandling

The legendary stand-up comedian died on March 24. He was 66.

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Patty Duke

The Oscar and Emmy-winning actress, former child star and mother of "Lord of the Rings" actor Sean Astin, died on March 29. She was 69.

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Chad Dermyer

During a training exercise at a Greyhound bus station on March 31, Trooper Dermyer was shot by a man who walked away from his luggage. The man was not a part of the exercise. He was 37.

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Merle Haggard

Country music legend Merle Haggard died on his 79th birthday of complications from pneumonia.

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Will Smith

The former first-round NFL draft pick who played for the New Orlens Saints' Super Bowl-winning team, was shot to death after a traffic accident. He was 34.

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Doris Roberts

The actress, best known for her role as Marie Barone on the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," died on April 17 at the age of 90.

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Michelle McNamara

The crime writer who founded the website TrueCrimeStory.com died on April 21 at the age of 46. She was the wife of comedian Patton Oswalt. No cause of death was provided.

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Prince

The incredibly talented and influential musician was found dead in his Minnesota home on April 21 from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl. He was 57-years-old.

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Charles Keating IV

The former student-athlete, grandson of a banker and U.S. NAVY Seal was the third American service member to be killed in direct combat since the fight against ISIS began in 2014. He was 31.

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William Schallert

The actor, who played roles in "Star Trek" and "The Patty Duke Show," among many others, died on May 8 at the age of 93.

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Susannah Mushatt Jones

Ms. Jones was a "supercentenarian," meaning she was the world's oldest living person and last living American born in the 1800's. At the time of her death she was living in East New York, Brooklyn, and had more than 100 nieces and nephews. She was 116.

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Guy Clark

The Grammy-winning songwriter died after a long illness on May 17 at the age of 74.

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Morley Safer

The CBS News legend, who hosted "60 Minutes," died at the age of 84 on May 19.

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Alan Young

The actor died on May 19 at the age of 96. He was best known for his role as Wilbur Post in the TV series "Mr. Ed."

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John Berry (second from right)

One of the original members of the Beastie Boys died on May 19 at the age of 52, following a long battle with dementia.

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Harambe

After a 3-year-old boy climbed down into an enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Harambe the gorilla started to drag and hover over the child. Fearing for the boy's life, a zoo worker shot and killed Harambe. He was 17.

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Muhammad Ali

The American boxing legend, widely revered as "The Greatest," is an icon in sports and activism. Ali, born Cassius Clay, died on June 3 at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

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Kimbo Slice

Professional mixed martial artist Kevin Ferguson, better known as Kimbo Slice, rose to internet fame for backyard fights before fighting professional. The Bahamian-born American was reportedly diagnosed with heart failure and informed he needed a heart transplant days before his death in Margate, Florida. He died at age 42 on June 6.

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Gordie Howe

The NHL legend, known as "Mr. Hockey," scored 801 goals during his professional career and won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings. He died on June 10 at the age of 88.

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Christina Grimmie

The 22-year-old singer rose to fame following her third place finish on NBC's sixth season of "The Voice," The young star was shot and killed while signing autographs after an Orlando concert on June 11.

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Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting victims

On June 12, 29-year-old Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a terrorist attack/hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Click here to see a full gallery of those victims. 

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Michu Meszaros

The actor who played "Alf" in the popular '80s sitcom died at the age of 77 on June 12.

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Lane Graves

While at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Matt and Melissa watched their son get attacked and dragged under water by an alligator. After 17 hours, officials found Lane's body and found traumatic injuries and drowning as the causes of death. He was 2.

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Anton Yelchin

The 27-year-old actor, who played Pavel Chekov in the most recent "Star Trek" films, died from a freak car accident outside his home on June 19.

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Pat Summitt

The head coach of the University of Tennessee's women's basketball team turned the program around during her 38 years at the university and ultimately became the winningest coach in NCAA history with 1,098 career wins. The coaching icon died on June 28at the age of 64, just five years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

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Alton Sterling

Alton Sterling's name made national headlines after he was shot several times at point blank range by two Baton Rouge Police Department officers in Louisiana, prompting nationwide protests from the Black Lives Matter movement. He was 37.

(Photo via East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters)

Philando Castile

Philando Castile was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer after being pulled over in a St. Paul suburb. According to his girlfriend who was in the car with him during the shooting, Castile was reaching for his identification after telling the officer he was armed. He was 32.

(Photo via REUTERS/Eric Miller)

Dallas Police Officers

Five Dallas police officers -- Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, Officer Michael Krol, Sgt. Michael Smith, Officer Brent Thompson, and Officer Patrick Zamarripa -- were shot and killed by a gunman during a protest on July 7. The gunman had expressed desire to kill white people and white police officers out of anger for the Black Lives Matter movement.

(Photo by Gary Miller/WireImage)

Brad Garafola

Three Baton Rouge police officers -- Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola, Officer Matthew Gerald, and Cpl. Montrell Jackson -- were shot and killed on July 17 by a gunman in the aftermath of the police shooting of Baton Rouge resident Alton Sterling and related protests.

(East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS)

Montrell Jackson

Three Baton Rouge police officers -- Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola, Officer Matthew Gerald, and Cpl. Montrell Jackson -- were shot and killed on July 17 by a gunman in the aftermath of the police shooting of Baton Rouge resident Alton Sterling and related protests.

(Baton Rouge Police Department/Handout via REUTERS)

Matthew Gerald

Three Baton Rouge police officers -- Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola, Officer Matthew Gerald, and Cpl. Montrell Jackson -- were shot and killed on July 17 by a gunman in the aftermath of the police shooting of Baton Rouge resident Alton Sterling and related protests.

(Baton Rouge Police Department/Handout via REUTERS)

Garry Marshall

The multitalented Hollywood legend was credited with creating the hit television series, "Happy Days," creating "The Odd Couple" and directing "Pretty Woman." He was 81.

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Youree Dell Harris

Commonly referred to as "Miss Cleo," Dell was the iconic face of psychic hotline commercials in the late 1990s. She was 53.

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David Huddleston

Huddleston had a prolific acting career in both television and film, most famously recognized for his role as the Big Lebowski in "The Big Lebowski." He was 85.

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Vanessa Marcotte

Google employee Vanessa Marcotte's body was found after she went for a jog while home visiting her mother in Princeton, Mass. She was 27.

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John Saunders

Saunders was a longtime ESPN broadcaster and Sportscenter anchor. He was 61.

(Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)

Kenny Baker

The English actor was best known for portraying the character R2-D2 in the Star Wars series. He was 81.

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Lou Pearlman

The American record producer and fraudster was best known for managing hit boy bands Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. He was 62.

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Gene Wilder

Born Jerome Silberman, the film and theater comic actor famously brought joy to movie lovers everywhere with his roles as Willy Wonka and Dr. Frankenstein. He was 82.

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Jon Polito

In his 35-year television and film career, Jon Polito amassed over 200 credits -- known best for his roles in "Barton Fink" and "The Big Lebowski." He was 65.

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Alexis Arquette

The transgender actress and activist was most widely known for her Boy George-inspired character in "The Wedding Singer."

(Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Edward Albee

An American playwright, Albee was best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" He was 88.

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Charmian Carr

The actress and singer was best known for her role as eldest Von Trapp daughter, Liesl, in the 1965 film version of The Sound of Music. She was 73.

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Shawty Lo

Born Carlos Rico Walker, the hip hop artist was a founding member of the group "D4L" and best known for his single debut album, "Dey Know." He was 40.

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Bill Nunn

Nunn was a character actor best known for his portrayal of Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's 1989 film "Do the Right Thing." He was 62.

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Jose Fernandez

A Cuban-born MLB pitcher, Jose Fernandez was headed for a career Fernandez tragically died this year in a fatal boating accident off the coast of Miami. He was 24.

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Arnold Palmer

Seen by many as the greatest golfer in the sport's history, Palmer was known for his down-to-earth persona and ability to transform the once exclusive recreation into a common pastime. He was 87.

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Lesley Zerebny and Jose Vega

Zerebny, 27, and Vega, 63, were both shot and killed on October 8 when responding to a domestic disturbance in Palm Springs, California.

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Dylan Rieder

Both a model and skateboarder, Dylan Rieder passed away after battling Leukemia. He was 28.

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Tommy Ford

Best known for his role as Tommy Strawn in the sitcom Martin, Tommy Ford died in October. He was 52.

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Bhumibol Adulyadej

Known as King Bhumibol the Great, Bhumibol Adulyadej was the longest-serving monarch in the world at the time of his death, having been the Thai king since 1946. He was 88.

(Photo via REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo)

Tom Hayden 

An anti-war and civil rights activist in the 1960s, Tom Hayden married fellow liberal Jane Fonda and eventually served as a lawmaker in the California legislature. He was 76.

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Benjamin Marconi

Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, was shot while sitting in his patrol car outside of his police station in Texas on November 20.

(Courtesy of San Antonio Police Deparment/Handout via REUTERS)

Florence Henderson

One of the most famous TV moms in American history, Henderson was known by most as character "Carol Brady" from "Brady Bunch"

(Photo by Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Fidel Castro

A famous Cuban politician and revolutionary figure, Fidel Castro ruled Cuba for nearly 50 years as prime minister and president until his retirement in 2009. He was 90.

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Peter Vaughan

The British actor died at age 93. He is most known for his role as Maester Aemon in the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones" from 2011-2015.

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Greg Lake

A member of the XXX band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Greg Lake died after “a long and stubborn battle with cancer." He was 69.

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John Glenn

A member of NASA's "Mercury Seven," John Glenn was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth and eventually became a politician, serving as a U.S. senator from Ohio. He was 95.

(Courtesy NASA/Handout via REUTERS)

Alan Thicke

The actor, known best for his role in 'Growing Pains,' died on December 13 at age 69. 

(Photo via REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)

Craig Sager

The legendary NBA reporter passed away after a battle with cancer. 

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Zsa Zsa Gabor

The Hungarian-American actress and socialite died on December 18.

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George Michael

The singer and LGBT advocate passed away on Christmas Day. 

(Photo via REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/Files)

Carrie Fisher

The actress, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the 'Star Wars' movies, suffered a heart attack and died at age 60. 

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