News this week of the shooting death of 18 year old Joseph Coleman, a South Side rapper. More details of what appears to be a stunningly senseless situation leading to this shooting are in this week’s Chicago Tribune.

One young man I know lives in Englewood. He spoke with Joseph moments before the shooting. It has shaken him up. He doesn’t want to leave home, his neighborhood. But this week he’s not so sure what he should do.


James Davisson has shared Matthew Blake’s What To Make of the Chicago Murder Rate from Progress Illinois; it’s worth reading for those interested in what has happened in Chicago so far this year.

I feel that Albert Lurigio’s observation has the ring of truth, that homicides “are an indicator and symptom of a community in distress … never occurs in isolation from other social problems”.


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