Poet Carl Sandberg perfectly described Chicago: “And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.” As of Wednesday, 90 people were murdered in Chicago last month. So far, the 2016 homicide count in Chicago is 471. In addition to homicides, more than 2,000 people have been shot. Of the 471 homicides, two are notable. Alejandro Fuentes was a contestant on the 2011 Mexican version of The Voice. Last June, a thief tried to steal his car. After the singer refused to give up his car, the thief shot and killed Fuentes.

Innocent women and children are being murdered on the streets of Chicago

A more recent homicide occurred last Friday when Nykea Aldridge, 32, was killed while pushing her newborn in a stroller. Aldridge was the first cousin of NBA superstar Dwyane Wade.  Aldridge wasn’t even the intended victim. She died from a stray bullet intended for someone else. The following Sunday, Chicago police arrested brothers Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22.

Both men are gang members. Authorities will charge the men with first-degree murder for killing Aldridge. Both men were on parole for earlier crimes involving guns. Presidential candidate Donald Trump even used Aldridge’s death to promote his campaign. “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”

Other innocent victims include the children of Chicago and their grieving loved ones.

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By the middle of August, at least 19 murder victims were under 10 years old. Chicago is undergoing much controversy. While Chicago police officers are working to solve crimes, the federal government is investigating them for improper police conduct.

To curb violence, concerned locals asked Gov. Bruce Rauner to send in the National Guard. He declined saying it would be foolish. Authorities must develop creative strategies that will involve the community to stop the shootings.

The city needs a new approach to fighting crime before Chicago becomes the O.K. Corral. Chicago leaders should consult with other major cities that have reduced gun violence. In the meantime, can authorities prevent the city’s 500th murder before 2016 ends?

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