Chicago Has Most Violent Weekend Yet of 2016

17 killed (including teen twin brothers), 41 injured in city shootings
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2016 1:49 PM CDT
Teen Twins Killed in Chicago's Bloodiest Weekend of 2016
It was a particularly bad weekend for Chicago.   (Getty Images)

Gun violence in Chicago has been an ever-present topic in recent news, and this weekend just saw more disturbing statistics emerge. Seventeen people were shot and killed between Friday night and Monday morning, per homicide numbers tracked by the Chicago Sun-Times; 41 others were reported injured. That makes it the city's most lethal weekend in terms of gun violence in all of 2016 (there were 13 fatal shootings on both Father's Day weekend and Labor Day weekend). "It was a tough weekend," Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson told reporters Monday, noting that most of the shootings were linked to gangs and that he thought locals "would be in a better frame of mind" because the Cubs were in the World Series.

Among this weekend's fatalities: four teens, two of them twins. Edwin and Edward Bryant, 17, were shot in the Old Town section of the city just after 3am on Sunday, CBS Chicago reports. The fraternal twins, both high school juniors, were standing outside when a dark-colored car drove by and shots rang out from inside, Chicago cops say. Johnson says there's video of the shooting police are reviewing. Edward, who played basketball on his high school's team and also for a neighborhood youth program, was shot in the head and chest; Edwin was shot in the chest. Both brothers died within an hour of each other after being transported to a local hospital. "These violent gun offenders are clearly giving us the message that they just don't care about … Chicago," Johnson said, per the Sun-Times. "I'm sick of it and I know the people in the communities are tired of it." (More Chicago stories.)

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