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Chicago Still Deadlier Than NYC, LA as Killings Fall 18%

Vincent Rogers closed out Chicago’s annual homicide ledger on New Year’s Eve when the 26-year-old was gunned down in front of a South Side convenience store. His shooting marked the 415th killing in the nation’s third-largest city, as well as the end of a year that saw police make progress in the fight against gun violence.

Chicago cut its homicide total by 18 percent in 2013 after a year of high-profile mayhem that drew national attention. The killings were the fewest this city of 2.7 million people has reported since 1965, giving Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy confidence that they have found the strategy to make the streets safer.