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Chicago experienced one of its bloodiest weekends in recent history, and many are wondering what can be done to combat the alarming violence in the city.

According to reports, most of the victims ranged in age from the mid-teens to 30s, but young children were caught in the crossfire as well.

The killing spree began Saturday afternoon when six-year-old Aliyah Shell was gunned down outside of her home. Two teens, reportedly members of the Latin Kings street gang, have been arrested and charged with her murder, but the incident has left her family asking why she was taken so soon.

But that was only the beginning, the Chicago Sun Times shared more details about the victims.

Joel Sanroman, 42, shot in the head early Saturday as he drove in the 3100 block of West 53rd Street in the Gage Park neighborhood.

Adrian Cruz, 24, shot multiple times around 7 p.m. Saturday while standing in the 5900 block of South Fairfield Avenue in Chicago Lawn. 

Vincent Fitts, 22, found shot in the head at 7:50 p.m. Saturday near 79th and Cottage Grove Avenue. 

Jeremy Anthony, 24, who police believe drove himself to the University of Chicago Medical Center after being shot in the back while sitting in his car in the 6300 block of South Ellis Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

Bert Lindsey, 36, killed early Sunday from shots fired from a passing vehicle into a backyard party in the 7500 block of South Wolcott Avenue in Auburn-Gresham.

Equilla Coleman, 24, and two others were found shot early Sunday in the 1400 block of West 53rd after police nearby heard gunfire and found them with gunshot wounds.

Anthony Scott, 19, died Sunday — two days after he was shot in the 6300 block of North Oakley Avenue by a man who called him over to his vehicle.

George Marrero, 27, was killed at 10:50 p.m. Sunday during a gang-related drive-by shooting in the 1300 block of North Harding Avenue.

An unidentified 34-year-old man was shot multiple times in the chest about 1:35 a.m. Monday. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he later died.

In addition to the 10 murders, upwards of 40 people were wounded in the city over the weekend. Those caught in the crosshairs included a one-year-old girl and her mother, who were both grazed by bullets.

While extreme, these incidents are not new for Chicago. One community group, CeaseFire, was profiled in the gripping film The Interruptors, which documented their work to end the rampant violence in the city. Despite their efforts, it is clear more needs to be done to stop the violence.

One man said politicians need to focus more attention on this epidemic.

“This is what the politicians should focus on, instead of promising lower taxes and lowering the gas and stopping pornography,” neighbor Ray Navarro said. “You know what? I’ll pay the taxes. I’ll pay the high gas prices, but focus on this violence that’s killing these kids.”

While another, a community activist, said communities most affected by these types of attacks need to step up.

“You can’t lose another child to gun violence,” Andrew Holmes told ABC Chicago. “If they stay silent this will continue to happen.”

While the national media focuses on the Republican primary taking place in Illinois, those in Chicago are worried about staying safe.

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  • omfg

    why are people talking about black responsibility, blah blah, when the two individuals arrested thus far were members of the “Latin Kings” gang?

    unless those folks were afro-latino, they are not black.

    i prefer not to jump to conclusions until facts are known about the shooters…

    • Priceless34

      I have noticed a rise in latino shootings/killings my in area. The news still likes to spin is as an black man issue but it’s not. I find it very interesting. Are we looking at a rising trend of latin gangs?

  • mamareese

    Just read the article. I wish people understood the concept of life, faith, laws, hell, karma, morals or humanity. If they did this type of insane behavior would not happen because there would be a fear of punishement to come.

  • Rick

    Sorry.. not news. Doesn’t fit the political narrative. Now for the circus and parade in Sanford, Florida!!