That’s the number of homicides of children under the age of 25 in the city of Chicago. The Chicago Muckrakers has a map of all the homicides. As they say in the article, “you can see where and when they died, their name, race, age and gender.” Homicide deaths are the red dots, non-homicide deaths are various other colors.
It’s kind of shocking. That’s a lot of death. It’s very easy to dismiss this. Say that a 25 year-old is an adult. Say that they were criminals. In doing so, we completely dismiss the traumatic experiences these kids go through in life. And its easy to dismiss that as well. Out of sight, out of mind. This, though, is the end result of hopelessness. 1,118 dead children.