Cook County murder count exceeds 1K but can’t overshadow Oxford HS shooting

Homicides in Cool County, Illinois are soaring, but they’re being overshadowed by the high school shooting in Michigan.

The homicide body count in Cook County, Ill., has passed the 1,000 mark for 2021, the first time since 1994 the Chicago area has tallied more than a thousand murders in a single year, and most of December remains to raise the tally.

According to Fox News, the county—which encompasses Chicago, where more than 700 people have been shot and killed so far this year—the number of murders hit 1,009 Tuesday. In 1994, the county racked up 1,141 homicides.

Fox News, citing data from the medical examiner’s office, says African Americans comprise 81 percent of the victims. Latinos account for just under 15 percent.

But there is not a word about who’s doing the killing?

According to, there have been 742 gun-related homicides in the Windy City so far this year out of 790 total murders. It may be no wonder why so many people bought guns last week, including on Black Friday.

Remarkably, and perhaps lucky for Cook County officials, the school shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan has diverted public attention from the slaughter. Four students suffered fatal wounds in that attack, and the 15-year-old suspect, identified as Ethan Crumbley, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, seven other counts of attempted murder and a dozen counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Oakland County, MI Prosecutor Karen C. McDonald has also hit the teen with one count of terrorism, and she hinted additional charges may be coming. The suspect’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, have retained an attorney and the teen suspect is not cooperating with police investigators.

The suspect’s father reportedly purchased the 9mm pistol used in the shooting only last Friday.

Four students have died. They are identified as Hana St. Juliana, 14, Justin Shilling, 15, Tate Myre, 16 and Madisyn Baldwin, 17. Seven other people, including one adult, were wounded.

Prosecutor McDonald used a press briefing Wednesday to call for more gun control. A Democrat, she promised to prosecute the case as if the victims were her own children.

While authorities have not announced a possible motive, there are reports that the suspect may have been the victim of bullying. McDonald said the shooting was not an impulsive act, but apparently had been planned. Whether the victims were specifically targeted is unknown at this point, and McDonald declined to provide many details about the case, which is still being investigated.

The suspect could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.


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