Last year 516 people were murdered in Chicago, but 2013 is already on pace to break that record. In the first six days of the new year, 12 people were murdered, NBC Chicago reported. That's two ahead of last year's six-day total and a rate of two a day, putting Chicago on pace for 730 murders in 2013.
Chicago is fairing much worse than other large cities, NBC notes. Nine of the 12 murders have occurred on the South Side.
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The New York Times reported last week that the majority of the shootings are taking place west and south of downtown Chicago.
“It’s two different Chicagos,” a local pastor told the Times. “If something like that had happened at the big cathedral in downtown Chicago or up north at a predominantly white church, it would still be on the news right now, it would be such a major thing going on.”