A squeeze of the trigger ended Juan Rivera’s life. The 44-year-old was the victim of a robbery at a grocery store over the weekend in Chicago. His death did not receive the national attention paid to the slayings of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.
But the two cases, the two crimes, represent a singular tragedy unfolding in the city’s homes, streets and neighborhoods.
Chicago has become the murder capital of the United States. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 426 people have been killed in since the beginning of 2008. No other major metropolitan area in the country can match that grim statistic.
AC360 has covered Chicago’s rising violence in previous years. Anderson reported from the South Side in the middle of a particularly brutal crime wave. The victims included dozens of public school students. The stories told to us were heartbreaking.
Since that first report, the situation has only gotten worse. More children are dying, more lives are lost. Families and communities are left broken.
From activists and civic leaders to politicians and the police, many say they are trying to stop the bloodshed. But why aren't more dramatic steps being taken? Why can't they stop the city from being torn apart? And when will it end?
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