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Seven Killed Christmas Day in Chicago, Adding to Violent Year

Seven Killed Christmas Day in Chicago, Adding to Violent Year

A Christmas Eve Day protest calling for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the latest in a series of demonstrations in the city since the release last month of police video showing a white officer shoot a black teenager 16 times. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

By    |   Monday, 26 December 2016 06:02 PM

Seven people were shot dead Christmas Day in Chicago, adding to an already trying and violent year, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Eleven people total were killed over the holiday weekend and at least 33 others wounded in shootings across the city. So far, there have been at least 740 homicides in Chicago this year, NPR reported.

The last time there were more than 700 murders was in 1998.

"We have a traumatized city," Susan Johnson, who runs an immediate crisis intervention services in Chicago, told NPR.

People are living "hair-trigger," with anger issues "as a result of living in trauma and in violence."

Two brothers were shot and killed as they hung out on a porch during a family Christmas party, the Tribune reported. They were playing dice when someone ran out from an alley and started shooting at them. Five others were wounded.

Earlier Christmas morning, a 27-year-old was killed while walking around his neighborhood. He was streaming live video on Facebook when he was shot.

Homicides have increased in 16 of the 20 largest cities in 2016, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, and Chicago had the biggest rise, up 56 percent since last year.

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