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This is the story of why they won’t stop shooting in Chicago. It’s told by the wounded, the accused and the officers who were on the street during a weekend in April 2008 when 40 people were shot, seven fatally. Two years later, the grim reality is this: Nearly all of the shooters from that weekend have escaped charges. ]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 18:07:41 -0600 <![CDATA[ Two years after murder, family still waiting for justice ]]> Lead story image

On an alarmingly bloody weekend in April 2008 -- a weekend so violent it put Chicago on the national news -- Angel Ramirez was the last to die. The burly 26-year-old whom friends called “Buttercup” was next door to his buddy’s house in a gang-infested corner of Little Village where a birthday party was breaking up. It was 10:25 p.m. A blue light glowed atop a police surveillance camera across from the party as a gray Chevy Impala slowly crept down 21st Street. ]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 18:22:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘No-snitch’ code keeps shooters on streets ]]> Lead story image

Originally published July 27, 2010 At Gene’s Playmate Lounge at Cermak and Kildare, you can’t have a drink unless you’re at least 25 years old. Young guys who might be packing pistols can get a cold beer somewhere else, owner Gene Payton said. Playmate regulars spend late nights there talking about the shootings popping off on this gang-infested corner of Lawndale that locals call K-Town, where you can get a bag of heroin for 10 bucks behind the auto repair shop across the street. Neighbors are still talking about the triple homicide on June 19 that sparked retaliatory shootings that … ]]> Tue, 10 May 2011 10:27:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ Time running out on justice for boy who was shot ]]> Lead story image

Originally published Sept. 19, 2010: Martrell Stevens has made great strides since an errant bullet left him partially paralyzed two years ago at the age of 4. He can swim, take steps with the aid of a walker and play wheelchair basketball. But the wheels of justice have ground to a halt. The shooter remains free. Witnesses know who committed the crime, but one of them won’t cooperate with detectives, said Martrell’s mother, LaKeesha Rucker. “I don’t understand this no-snitching thing,” she said. “That guy is still out there saying ‘I put people in wheelchairs. That’s what I do.’ “ … ]]> Thu, 05 May 2011 13:42:20 -0600 <![CDATA[ Police: Even while dying, teen won’t talk ]]> Lead story image

Robert Tate wasn’t ever going to snitch -- not even when it came to his own murder, according to the Chicago Police. Tate, 17, was shot in the chest as someone approached him on a West Side sidewalk on the evening of April 12, police say. Seeing that Tate was wounded badly and probably wouldn’t make it, an officer asked: Do you know who shot you? “I know,” Tate told him. “But I ain’t telling you s---.” ]]> Thu, 05 May 2011 13:31:17 -0600 <![CDATA[ The violent world of police beat 624 ]]> Lead story image

Originally published May 23, 2010 The most violent part of Chicago? It’s a section of Chatham, the largely middle-class, African-American neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side that has long been a bastion of black lawyers, cops, plumbers and other professionals, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found. “I am very, very surprised,” said the Rev. Marc Robertson, 48, a Chatham homeowner for the last eight years. “Almost overnight, we’re at the top of violent crime?” An unwanted spotlight was cast on Chatham last week, when Thomas Wortham IV, an off-duty Chicago cop, was shot to death by robbers trying to steal his … ]]> Tue, 10 May 2011 10:19:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ Area 5 Homicide, Part I: 'I think we have a fresh one, guys'  ]]> Lead story image

AREA 5 HOMICIDE, PART 1 OF 3: For four months, Chicago Sun-Times reporter Frank Main and photographer John J. Kim shadowed two detectives in the Chicago Police Department’s Area 5 Homicide and got a glimpse of what they’re up against. ]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 05:15:56 -0600 <![CDATA[ Area 5 Homicide, Part 2: Parents, cops search for justice ]]> Lead story image

INSIDE A CHICAGO MURDER, PART 2: The parents of murder victim No. 42 of 2009 on Chicago’s Northwest Side came into the Area 5 Homicide office for the first time one week after their teenage son was shot and killed on a sidewalk in Palmer Square. Loreto Miguel’s mother and father had the same questions the parents of a teenage murder victim always have: Do you know who did this? ]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Area 5 Homicide: ‘Back to square one’ after pieces don’t fit ]]> Lead story image

INSIDE A CHICAGO MURDER, PART 3: On the streets of the Northwest Side and inside Area 5 Homicide, one thing is usually a given: Detectives Tony Noradin and Don Falk do not curse. They don’t even raise their voices. “There’s no need introducing more stress into the job than we already have,” Falk said. But Aug. 31, 2009, wasn’t a usual day. ]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 05:19:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ Photo Essay: Go behind the scenes with Area 5 detectives ]]>

An audio-visual examination of Area 5. ]]> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 20:29:35 -0600