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The tragic murder of a 15-year-old girl has led to an examination of the relatively quiet Chicago neighborhood: Kenwood.
Hadiyah Pendleton, a King College Prep freshman was fatally shot when her and friends took cover from the rain under a canopy at Vivian Gordon Harsh Park on the 4500 block of South Oakenwald Avenue around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
While the community area has not racked up homicides in the numbers we see in the Austin or Englewood neighborhoods, they have gotten murders over the past 10 years.
And while overall crime, like overall crime in Chicago seems to be on the decline, there are some unsettling trends in a neighborhood roughly only a a square-mile in size.
Utilizing police data from the city’s data portal site, we were break down to map annual crime in the area as well as map it out.
Here’s a map of all reported crimes in Kenwood for 2012.
When breaking apart the year to year, there are a couple of things worth noting.
The neighborhood has seen modest decreases in theft, car thefts and robberies. But what few shootings and homicides the neighborhood saw over the past 10 years has stayed relatively consistant in the single digit range.