Chicago Violence and Crime Continues to Increase


On May 5, 2019, an 18-year-old male was fatally shot in the head in the North Lawndale community on Roosevelt and Komensky Ave at approximately 4:53 a.m. Chicago police reported that the man was found in an alley with a gunshot wound to the head. The young man was declared dead at the scene. There is currently no more information about the situation.

This tragic event was just one of many that has taken place in Chicago in the early part of 2019. On the night of Friday, May 3, a gunman shot and killed 33-year-old Mutasim Sulieman. He was declared dead at Stroger Hospital, resulting from multiple gunshot wounds.

The gunman also allegedly shot at two Chicago police officers. The officers then chased and shot at the gunman, all following what was believed to be a possible robbery. It was unclear if the officers shot the gunman, however, he escaped in a silver car that was waiting for him at the scene.

A witness to the incident described the sounds of the shooting as “a pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.” They said the gunman “was a young person, maybe a teenager.” The witness did not want to release the shooter’s name.

While gun violence is a very big issue in the city, the violent crime in Chicago goes beyond shootings and killings. On May 2, a Chicago man plead guilty to sexually assaulting two children. Twenty-four-year-old Esequiel Gonzalez Banuelos was charged with two felonies surrounding sexual assault. The arrest came after a young girl confessed to her mother that Banuelos sexually abused her between 2012 and 2017. He has since been sentenced to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections facility.

Banuelos is not the only Chicago man being accused of sexual assault. A recently fired youth soccer coach, 49-year-old Fernando Calderon, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and inappropriate conduct with some of the females on his team. Chicago prosecutors say that the latest charge is resulting from a player who he allegedly attacked on a repeat basis from August 2011 to December 2012. When she refuted the notion of him touching her, Calderon told her the sexual act would “release hormones” that would make her play soccer better.

Calderon is currently being held on a $20,000 bond. If he can make bail, he will be placed on house arrest.

Although Chicago does have a high crime rate, police officials are doing everything in their power to decrease the violent activity. On May 3, on the West side of Chicago, massive groups of teens congregated in the streets to prepare for a fight that could have quickly turned deadly. Chicago authorities arrived on the scene with nearly 20 police cars and the teens dispersed.

Authorities are working their best to keep Chicago as safe as possible for the residents. However, safety is still a work in progress.

Written by Trinity Oglesby. Edited by Kimberley Spinney


Fox 32: Chicago man pleads guilty to sexually abusing 2 children

Chicago Sun Times: 18-year-old man shot in head, killed in Lawndale

CBS Local: Massive Police Presence Breaks Up Teens Preparing Street Fight In West Town

ABC 7: Police see fatal shooting, then shoot at fleeing gunman in Humboldt Park; victim ID’d

Chicago Tribune: Recently fired Chicago Fire youth coach facing new sex charges of inappropriate conduct with young players