GBE Rapper Fredo Santana Says Most Kids Don’t Make It To See 16 in Chicago

Fredo Santana, founding member of Glory Boyz Entertainment, recently celebrated his 23rd birthday Thursday, July 4.

“Today my birthday just turn 23 were I’m from n----- don’t even see 16 #Blessed,” the “War” rapper wrote.

Fredo, born Derrick Coleman, is correct about the fate of many children and teenagers in his hometown of Chicago.

Gun violence has plagued the city of Chicago for many years. Many residents have renamed the Windy City “Chiraq” for its high rate of violence. Chicago, according to statistics, has a higher homicide rate than Kabul, Afghanistan.

In 2012 alone, the city recorded 506 murders.

Chicago saw its deadliest January since 2002 with 45 homicides reported, according to CBS.

NBC Chicago estimated the Windy City is on pace to reach 730 homicides this year.

Despite that projection, the homicide rate for the first four months of 2013 is down 42 percent, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

City officials told the Sun-Times it is the first time the department reported fewer than 100 murders for the first four months of the year since 1963.

In Chicago, the homicide rate is disproportionately higher amongst its minority residents. There have been 2,045 homicides since Jan. 1, 2007 amongst the African American demographic, according to Red Eye Chicago. There were 647 homicides amongst Caucasians since 2007.

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