50 shot, 9 fatally during violent Chicago weekend

A 5-year-old girl was stabbed to death, a young woman was found dead in a river, and multiple teenagers were shot, some fatally in Chicago this weekend.

The carnage unfolded over the course of a weekend that saw 41 people wounded and nine killed by gun violence, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Five of the dead were under 21

Five teenagers were wounded in the shootings, which also claimed the lives of five people no older than 20.

The first killing took place around 10 p.m. Friday night, when Cornelius Pulthus Jr., 19, was shot dead while walking in an alley on the South Side. Around 4 a.m. the next morning, Rayalecio Purman, 42, was killed with a shot in the back at a backyard gathering in Grand Crossing.

Less than an hour later, Richard Soward, 20, was shot dead in Austin. Around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Avion Aldridge, 17, was shot dead in an alley on the West Side by two gunmen. Around 9:20 p.m., Omar Alvarado, 15, was shot dead in West Pullman on the Far South Side.

Early Sunday evening, a 20-year-old man was dropped off at an Englewood hospital with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Around 6:45 p.m., a 66-year-old man was gunned down in an Englewood shooting that also left a 54-year-old man with injuries.

Earnest James, 21, was shot dead in East Garfield Park around 11 p.m. by someone in a gray sedan. The killing continued after midnight Monday morning, when a 31-year-old man was shot dead in Grand Crossing.

Woman stabbed daughter to death

This weekend also saw a child stabbed to death, reportedly by her own mother. Simone Austin, 27, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Saturday for the killing of her five-year-old daughter in East Garfield Park.

On Sunday, the body of a woman in her 20s, believed to be the victim of a stabbing, was pulled out of the Chicago River.

45 people were shot, 10 fatally, in Chicago last weekend as the city faces a 50 percent spike in its murder rate this year: there were 560 murders by September 20, compared to 374 the same time last year. An increasing number of shooting victims have been children.

The city’s Democratic mayor, Lori Lightfoot, has repeatedly denounced violence in her city, to no effect.

“We cannot normalize this behavior,” the mayor pleaded recently, after an 8-year-old girl was murdered on Labor Day.  “We cannot shelter the people who are recklessly destroying the fabric of our community and, particularly, bringing harm to our children.”

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