Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office Registers Over 1,000 Homicides in 2021

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With more than a month left in the year, County homicide rates highest in decades

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the County’s 1,000th homicide in 2021 over the holiday weekend. The total, with more than a month to go in the year, stands at 1,009. The last time Cook County saw more than 1,000 homicides was in 1994 when the County recorded 1,141. In 1991, the Office handled a record 1,229 homicides.

This year, African Americans were the victims of 81% of homicides and Latinos accounted for just under 15% of homicide deaths. Eighty-eight percent of homicide deaths were male. The Office confirmed 986 homicides in 2020. That was a more than 40 percent increase over 2019’s total of 675.

Year 

Homicides
YTD

Gun-Related
YTD

Homicides
Total

Gun-Related
Total

2021

1,009

927

NA

NA

2020

909

814

986

881

2019

624

541

675

588

2018

672

562

724

598

 

The Office has confirmed 777 homicides in Chicago this year. Just under 23% of homicides occurred in suburban Cook County. Municipalities with the most homicides this year are as follows.

 

Municipality

2021 Homicides

Harvey

30

Maywood

16

Dolton

11

Calumet City

8

South Holland

8

Berwyn

7

Chicago Heights

7

Cicero

6

Markham

6

 

The youngest person killed in Cook County was a 1-month-old boy, the oldest was an 84-year-old man.

 

Age

# of Homicides

0 – 9

12

10 – 19

144

20 – 29

389

30 – 39

255

40 – 49

111

50 – 59

59

60 – 69

29

70 +

10

 

To access additional data from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, please visit the case archive.

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