Case of the Mondays
Posted on August 9, 2016
Coming off another shitty weekend, Monday offered no relief and proceeded to be a real prick and run up the score:
Monday was the deadliest day in Chicago in 13 years, and 10-year-old Tavon Tanner got caught in the worst of the gun violence as he played with his twin sister on the porch of his Lawndale home.
It was still light outside when Tavon and his family heard gunshots down the street Monday evening. A man in his early 20s had been shot in the head at a basketball court where Tavon was not allowed to play. Two hours later, an older man was shot and killed about four blocks away.
Less than an hour later, someone fired as many as nine shots in front of Tavon’s home in the 3900 block of West Polk Street, hitting the fifth-grader in the back. He collapsed as he followed his mother through the front door.
Tavon was among 19 people shot Monday in Chicago. Nine of them were killed, marking the most homicides in a single day in the city since July 5, 2003, when 10 homicides were recorded, according to a Tribune analysis of police data.
No word yet on whether Monday was merely “unacceptable”, the more forceful “completely unacceptable” or the more likely “can-any-of-the-dead-be-exploited-if-not-who-cares”.