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At Least 36 Dead or Wounded By Gun Violence in Chicago Last Weekend

| by Allison Geller

At least 36 Chicago residents were wounded from gunfire in a span of 36 hours this past weekend.

The weekend marked a spike in shootings after a quarter boasting the lowest murder rate in Chicago history since 1958. One of the victims was 17-year-old girl Gakirah Barnes, whose mother described her as the latest victim of “an ongoing war” of gun violence in the city.

“This is something that has become all too normal to everybody, and it needs to stop," she told the Chicago Tribune.

Barnes died two hours after being shot multiple times Friday afternoon in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

34-year-old Shannon Mack, 32-year-old Corey Brownlee, and 20-year-old Joshua Martinez were also fatally shot over the weekend, DNAinfo reports.

25-year-old mother-of-two Jasmine Martinez, who is in the hospital in critical condition after being shot in the head and chest while driving her car through Humboldt Park. Police suspect that shooting may have been gang related.

"You cannot even come out of your house without worrying if you are going to be alive," Angie Diaz, the victim's aunt, told NBC Chicago.

NBC reports a total of four dead and 33 wounded. Doctors said they expected a rise in violence as the weather got warmer, but police have not commented on the possible role of the weather.

"While Chicago continues to see reductions in crime and violence, there's obviously much more work to be done and we continue to be challenged by lax state and federal gun laws," Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in a statement.

"From our officers to our police strategies to the city's strengthened investments in youth violence prevention to our close partnership with residents and community leaders, no one will rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety."

Sources: Huffington Post, DNAinfo, NBC Chicago