Homicides in Cook County are already past all of last year

Just weeks into September, homicides in Cook County have already passed the total for all of last year, with nearly all the victims people of color, according to the medical examiner’s office. The office which investigates all accidental, suspicious and indigent deaths in the country’s second-most populous county said Tuesday it has recorded 677 homicides this year, passing 2019′s total of 675. Chicago which has struggled to contain street violence makes up most of the county total, with 565 homicides within the city limits through Tuesday morning, according to the office. The totals include homicides committed on expressways within the city, as well as reclassified cases that were initially inconclusive.