Chicago Surpasses Last Year’s Murder Count

'Chiraq' reaches 436th homicide victim this year

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Though it’s only October, Chicago has surpassed last year’s murder count with less than 2 months left in the year.

The 436th homicide victim of the year was a man in his 30s who was shot on Monday.

Chicago’s homicide count has garnered national attention and the town now has a nickname –”Chiraq” – an allusion to the war-torn country of Iraq.

President Barack Obama mentioned the violence in an MTV interview on Friday.

“I live on the South Side of Chicago,” said Obama. “Some of these murders are happening just a few blocks from where I live. I have friends whose family members have been killed.

Read more at the Root.