Violence Climbs As Chicago 2012 Murder Rate Nears 500

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Crime scene tape hangs from the playground equipmemt where... News PhotoChicago - Illinois,City,Crime,Crime Scene,Hanging,Horizontal,Humboldt Park,Illinois,Justice - Concept,Law,Playground,Residential District,Ruined,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Getty ImagesCHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 11: Crime scene tape hangs from the playground equipmemt where 16-year-old Jeffrey Stewart collapsed after being shot on December 9, in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on city's West Side December 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Stewart was shot about a block away then ran to the play lot where he collapsed. Stewart was shot along with 17-year-old Anton Reed who survived with a gunshot wound to the hand. Reed was later arrested after vomiting three baggies of what appeared to be cocaine. On December 28, 2012, after news organizations began reporting about what was believed to be the 500th murder in Chicago this year, the Chicago Police Department's News Affairs Office issued a statement stating the city's murder total remains at 499 because classification of one death investigation remains pending. They would not specify which death is pending. The total number of murders in the city has only once exceeded 500 victims since 2004. The murder rate is up about 11 percent from 2011, much of which is attributed to growing gang violence. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)