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This week was a particularly bad one with 19 homicides. That is about 8 more than the average week this summer. People always say that when the temperature rises so do the homicides. I guess it was a particularly hot week in Chicago with the temperature only dipping below 80 one time. This week began with 1-year-old twins dying from maternal neglect and ended with a 71-year-old man shot while his home was being robbed. These victims are the oldest and the youngest that we have seen all summer. Two women were also shot to death this week by their respective partners. The average age of those that were killed this week was 29, just a little older than the average for the summer that is now at roughly 27 years old.
It is getting increasingly harder to keep up photographing with the pace of homicides in the city. At 10 murders a week it is already a feat to get to each site, but they seem to be increasing exponentially as the summer goes on. I am trying my hardest to not get too far behind. It is becoming more and more daunting, but I am not going to stop until each place has been photographed.