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30 people shot, 8 fatally over holiday weekend in Chicago

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In the last weekend of what has been an extremely violent year for the city of Chicago, there were 30 people shot, including 8 fatally, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

According to FOX 32, the latest fatality occurred on Monday morning when a man, 57, was shot on the city’s West Side in a drive-by shooting. The incident happened at about 4 a.m. when the victim was shot multiple times in the back. He was later taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

On Friday, Christmas Day, three people were shot and killed in separate incidents. One of the victim’s of the holiday shootings was a 20-year-old man who was found by police at the 3300 block of West 52nd Street with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and stomach. Police say he was unresponsive when he was discovered and was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to reports.

Last weekend, 41 people were shot, 8 of them fatally in the Windy City, as reported. There have been 753 people killed in Chicago this year, according to the Chicago Tribune. The latest homicide numbers account for the start of 2020 to December 20, 2020. In 2019, 509 people were killed in Chicago.

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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