In short, gangs in Chicago splintered into "sets," substantially smaller offshoots of the city's largest street gangs.
Now, the large gang alliances are mostly gone, and with them the clear-cut leadership hierarchy and organizational scheme.
While its homicide rate is not the highest in the U.
S., Chicago has consistently had more total killings than any other U. city — with 27 people killed since the beginning of the month.
BUILD and other community groups are working to combat the violence, as they tell Axios.
Many have organized gatherings, including block parties and picnics, to bring community members back into the neighborhood to rebuild their hope.When she was in sixth grade, Sandra Parks wrote an award-winning essay about gun violence and crime in her hometown, Milwaukee.This week, two years after she described how “we are in a state of chaos,” she was fatally shot when someone outside fired a gun at her home and a stray bullet went into her bedroom. The bullet wasn’t even for her.”Sandra’s mother, Bernice Parks, told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that her daughter “was everything this world is not.”“My baby did not like violence,” she said of Sandra, her middle child, adding, “She was my angel from the time she was in my womb to the time she came out.”In Sandra’s essay, which placed third in her school district’s 2016 Martin Luther King Jr.Young offenders often have adverse home and school experiences that fail to help them reach their potential.They struggle to confront normal adolescent challenges in a rational or healthy manner.As Memorial Day approaches—historically one of the city's most violent weekends—Crain's examines a facet of the issue that isn't often discussed: the psychological reason so many young men in Chicago are pulling the trigger.This is Part 2 of a three-part series by two local researchers who have spent years interviewing young offenders.The most troubled tend to gravitate toward others with similar problems and struggles at home and at school.Street gangs have long been a part of Chicago's social fabric.A criminal complaint said that during a search of a nearby home, officers located Mr. Experts later test-fired the pistol, compared the casings to the ones found outside Sandra’s home, and found that they matched.“The motive is still being determined,” Sgt.Sheronda Grant, a spokeswoman for the Milwaukee Police Department, said on Wednesday. Parks said her daughter had hoped to attend college and become a writer.“Sandra was special,” Ms.