August is Chicago's deadliest month of the year

Fifty-five homicides have been recorded so far this month in Chicago, making August the deadliest month of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

Two other months this year recorded 50 or more homicides: March and May. The deadliest month last year was July, which saw 55 homicides. Thirty-seven homicides were logged in August 2011.

In the last week, Chatham saw four homicides in two days, RedEye data shows.

Two men, ages 18 and 20, were shot to death Saturday in the 7900 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue, police said. One day earlier, a 17-year-old man was fatally shot in the 7900 block of South Drexel Avenue and a 34-year-old man in the 8800 block of South Prairie Avenue, according to officials.

Chatham has logged nine homicides so far this year, RedEye data shows. The South Side community area recorded 15 homicides last year.

In Auburn Gresham, two men were shot to death in two days in separate incidents this week. A 31-year-old man was fatally shot Tuesday in the 7800 block of South Marshfield Avenue, and a 24-year-old man was shot to death Wednesday in the 8000 block of South Bishop Street.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Bridgeport, Calumet Heights, East Garfield Park, Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, Kenwood and Woodlawn, according to data.

Meanwhile, a 64-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were found stabbed to death Tuesday in the 6400 block of North Sacramento Avenue in West Ridge, police said.

West Ridge has recorded five homicides so far this year, RedEye data shows. The Northwest Side community area logged one homicide last year.

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