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Eddie Bocanegra - Chicago Tribune: To stop the bloodshed, focus on Chicago’s hot spots

Tuesday, July 21, 2020  
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My Fourth of July began with the kind of phone call I dread most. A young man in our violence reduction program had been killed the night before, shot in the back of the head while walking away from an argument. The bullet ended a life that had just begun to know hope — and left two kids without a dad.

To work on urban street violence is to become all too familiar with this type of loss — and the trauma it creates. Chicago is awash in such trauma now. The first half of 2020 saw 329 people killed. Over the July Fourth weekend, about 90 people were shot, at least 17 fatally.

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