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2017 Murder Stats Show Young Men Safer In U.S. Military Than Chicago

There were 664 homicides in Chicago in 2017 and 37 service members killed in the U.S. military.

Chicago, IL – Statistics of murders and gunshot wounds in Chicago show that young men are much more likely to be shot in Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods than in a war zone.

Statistics show that Chicago’s deadly Austin neighborhood had 467 killed or shot in 2017, according to HeyJackass! with only 97,600 residents in the area.

There were 664 homicides in all of Chicago in 2017 and 37 service members killed in the U.S. military in its numerous operations around the world. That’s according to data from the Chicago Tribune and from the Department of Defense’s press office, CNSNews reported on Jan. 2.

The Chicago homicides are from Jan. 1 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017. The military deaths are from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 22, 2017.

For the U.S. military, some of the deaths were combat related and some were non-combat related, CNSNews reported. For instance, the first death of 2017 happened on Jan. 7 and was was a non-combat related incident. Spc. Isiah Booker of Texas was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and died in a non-combat incident, which is under investigation.

CNSNews reported that the data available showed that Chicago suffered 17.9 times more homicides than the U.S. military worldwide combat and non-combat related deaths in 2017.

But stats show that the disparity is even more extreme when you focus on Chicago’s more dangerous neighborhoods.

Chicago averaged 1.8 homicides every day of the year to reach 664 homicides in 2017. About one in three of those was in the top 4 most deadly neighborhoods.

AndrewBlake - January Sun, 2018


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