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Chicago has its deadliest weekend of the year: 17 killed, 42 wounded

Chicago has its deadliest weekend of the year: 17 killed, 42 wounded
A Chicago police officer tells several people dressed in costume to leave the scene of a shooting late Saturday. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

The last weekend of October was the deadliest so far this year in Chicago, including among its victims an eighth-grade honors student and twin 17-year-old boys, according to police and data compiled by the Tribune.

Seventeen people were fatally shot in the city between Friday afternoon and early Monday, an extraordinary toll even in a year that is far outpacing last year in shootings and homicides.

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Up until now, Father's Day weekend had been the most violent with 59 people shot, 13 fatally. The same number of people were shot this past weekend but more of the shootings were fatal, according to Tribune data.

The weekend toll also was deadlier than the three long summer holiday weekends when violence typically spikes because of the warm weather. Six people were fatally shot over the Memorial Day weekend, five over the Fourth of July weekend and 13 people over Labor Day weekend, according to Tribune data.

Chicago police investigate three fatal shootings in Chatham, Humboldt Park and the Near West Side Oct. 30, 2016. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune) (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

There have been at least 638 homicides so far this year, 217 more than this time last year, the data show.  At least 3,662 people have been shot in the city, 1,106 more than during the same period last year.

This past weekend there were shootings in every area of the city but the Far North and Northwest sides, according to police. Of the 17 people who were killed, seven were younger than 20.

The youngest was 14-year-old Demarco Webster Jr., described by his grade school principal as one of her best students. Webster had planned to run for student council and try out for basketball, and he was being recruited for an NAACP leadership program.

Demarco was shot early Saturday while helping his father move out of a building, according to police and relatives.

A little more than 24 hours later, 17-year-old twins Edward and Edwin Bryant were killed in an apparent drive-by shooting in Old Town. Police responding to calls of shots fired found one of the boys lying on the sidewalk and another around the corner.

A shooting late Friday killed Brian Fields and Chiquita Ford, both 30. Fields had achieved some notoriety in March after he was shot while broadcasting video of himself live on Facebook.

He survived that attack and was with Ford in a car when he was shot in the chest. Ford was shot in the side. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

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