[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/10/03/illinois.teen.beating.funeral/art.funeral.wgbo.jpg caption="A funeral for Derrion Albert, a teen who was fatally beaten last month, was held Saturday on Chicago's South Side."]
For The Chicago Sun-Times
In the wake of the murder of a Fenger High School student in Chicago, President Obama has dispatched Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to the city. Their purpose, according to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, is to "talk about issues of school violence and youth violence."
The murder of an honor student received global attention just as the president was in Copenhagen trying to bring the Olympics to Chicago. That embarrassment triggered the presidential reaction.
But let's be clear. Sixteen-year-old Derrion Albert's death is a horror - but it is not an isolated event. Last year, 400 kids were shot; 40 were killed. Each year witnesses more and more innocent bystanders martyred to the violence. What we witness in Chicago - and in other urban areas - is a zone where violence is close to routine.
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