U.S. Border Patrol officials said a crash in El Paso, Texas, left at least seven people dead, blaming human smugglers for the incident. “Human smuggling is not a victimless crime,” El Paso Sector Border Patrol Chief Patrol Gloria Chavez said in a statement about the incident on June 25. “This is a tragic loss for our El Paso Community.” Three of the victims were illegal immigrants, including one from Guatemala and two from Mexico, the Border Patrol said on Saturday. The other four victims were residents of El Paso, including the 18-year-old driver, according to officials. The incident started on Thursday morning at around 1:30 a.m. when a border sensor sent out an alert about a suspicious vehicle with several passengers, officials told the El Paso Times. The vehicle was…
Sixty-two people were shot, with 14 killed, in weekend violence in Chicago.
Forty-nine shooting incidents included 62 shooting victims and 14 murders.
Police Superintendent David Brown said at a press conference on Monday that officers need help from the community in identifying people who commit the shootings.
He said many offenders are given little to no jail time. They’re then placed on electronic monitoring but “monitored by no one.” Many of the criminals then commit violent acts.
“Someone knows something about the murders. If you have any information, reach out to our detectives. … For the sake of Chicago’s children, come forward with any information you may have that can help us solve these crimes,” Brown said.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, said in a statement over the weekend: “As a mother, I am tired of the funerals. I am tired of burying our children.”
“It’s on all of us to double down on our all-hands-on-deck public safety efforts with police officers, street outreach teams, trauma support workers, community and faith-based partners. We must ask ourselves: ‘What are we each doing to make this a season of bounty, not tragedy?’” she added.
The previous weekend, or June 19 to June 21, Chicago saw 58 shooting incidents, 78 shooting victims, and 11 murders.
Illinois’ largest city has been plagued by violence for years.
The city saw 268 murders as of June 14, a 22 percent increase from the same time period last year.
The spate of violence included 104 shootings on Father’s Day weekend, leaving 14 people dead.
Local organizers have increasingly called for a focus on gun violence amid a nationwide push against alleged racial injustice.
“It would be an ultimate contradiction to march for justice for George Floyd and not say a word about a 3-year-old who can’t defend himself or speak for himself,” Rev. Ira Acree told reporters earlier this month. “Don’t miss the point. We say black lives matter. Black babies’ lives matter more.”
Tio Hardiman, executive director of Violence Interrupters, said last week that he understands the goals of Black Lives Matter but wants them to include stopping gun violence.
“We need help to do our best to stop gun violence in Chicago. The entire nation should be outraged when a three-year-old is executed on the streets of Chicago and a 13-year-old young young girl was killed on the west side [of] Chicago as well,” he said.
Jack Phillips contributed to this report.
Focus News: 62 Shot, 14 Killed in Chicago Weekend Violence
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