Chicago Violence: 79 Shot, 15 Fatally Over Independence Day Weekend

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Violence in Chicago continued this past Independence Day weekend when 79 people were shot, 15 fatally, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

The report noted that eleven of the victims were minors. Two of the young victims, one 7-year-old girl, and one 14-year-old boy, died from their wounds.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted a statement on Twitter on Saturday night after the 7-year-old girl was shot and killed while celebrating the holiday.

“Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun,” Lightfoot wrote.

She added, “As families gather to commemorate the founding of our nation, we must ask ourselves: is this who we are as a city of as a country? We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.”

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