Violence Climbs As Chicago 2012 Murder Rate Nears 500

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Crime scene tape hangs in the alley where Federico Martinez was... News PhotoAlley,Chicago - Illinois,Crime,Crime Scene,Day,Hanging,Horizontal,Illinois,Justice - Concept,Law,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News Violence Climbs As Chicago 2012 Murder Rate Nears 500CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 28: Crime scene tape hangs in the alley where Federico Martinez was gunned down two days ago on December 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Martinez was believed to be the 499th murder victim of the year in Chicago when he was killed on December 26. After news organizations began reporting about the city's 500th murder victim, the Chicago Police Department's News Affairs Office issued a statement stating Chicago'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)