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3 elderly homicide victims in March

By Tracy Swartz

RedEye

1:25 PM CDT, April 3, 2014

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Senior citizens rarely tend to be homicide victims in Chicago though in March, three of the 24 victims were more than 62 years old, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

This year, four of the 69 homicide victims &m-;nearly 6 percent of victims &m-; were older than 62, according to RedEye data as of Thursday afternoon. Last year, 10 out 435 victims were senior citizens, composing 2 percent of victims, RedEye determined.

Homicide victims in Chicago tend to be men in their late teens or early 20s who were shot to death on the South or West Sides, RedEye data reflect.

"As you age, your risk of being a homicide vicim goes down," Loyola University criminologist Arthur Lurigio said. "Older people are less likely to be out of the house. They are less likely to be around violent people."

Elderly victims tend to be shot or stabbed to death, according to RedEye data.

On March 20, a 76-year-old woman was strangled to death in the 900 block of North Central Park Avenue in Humboldt Park, according to officials. Ten days earlier, a 73-year-old man was shot to death in the 11500 block of South Avenue G on the East Side, police said.

And on March 1, a 66-year-old man was fatally shot in the 2300 block of West 57th Street in Gage Park, police said.

People have been charged in half of the elderly cases this year, according to RedEye data. Charges were brought in 60 percent of these cases last year. Typically, each year charges are brought in one of four homicide cases.