August 2016 is Chicago’s most violent month in 20 years

Chicago's crime rate at lowest level in decades

CHICAGO — August 2016 is now one of the deadliest months in Chicago’s recent history.

By the Chicago Tribune’s count, there have been at least 78 homicides, with two days left to go in the month. That’s the highest number since October 1997, nearly two decades ago, when there were 79 homicides.

Just this past weekend, 67 people were shot, 11 fatally. Among the dead was Nykea Aldridge, a cousin of Chicago Bull Dwyane Wade.

More than 400 people have been shot in August, more than 2,800 people so far this year.