Chicago, nicknamed Chiraq for its high rate of violence, led the nation in homicides in 2014. DNAinfo reports the Windy City closed the year with 425 homicide victims. The city recorded 421 homicide victims in 2013. There was also an increase in shooting victims. Chicago Tribune reports there were 2,599 shooting victims recorded in 2014 compared to 2,272 in 2013, a 14 percent increase.
A number of deadly crimes plague the urban community in metropolitan cities across the country. The remaining top nine Americans cities with the most murders include New York, 328; Detroit, 304; Los Angeles, 259; Philadelphia, 248; Houston, 239; Baltimore, 217; New Orleans, 150; Indianapolis, 135; and Dallas, 111.
Chicago has been under the national spotlight after ranking number one in the number of homicides recorded in 2012, according to a report released by the FBI.
There were 506 murder victims in the Windy City in 2012.
Chicago has long recorded devastating numbers over the past two decades.
Chicago recorded its highest peak of homicides in 1992 with 943 murders, according to statistics compiled by the Chicago Police Department.
Since 1991, there have been over 15,000 murders in Chicago to date.
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