At Least 17 Dead In Chicago's Street Violence Over Weekend

Monique Causey holds a portrait of her 14-year-old Malik, who was shot on Aug. 21, 2016, at her home in Chicago. August was the deadliest month for Chicago homicides in two decades, and an analysis of the toll shows more clearly than ever that the blame lies with surging violence in a handful of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods riven by loosely organized street gangs. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)
Monique Causey holds a portrait of her 14-year-old Malik, who was shot on Aug. 21, 2016, at her home in Chicago. August was the deadliest month for Chicago homicides in two decades. This past weekend was the deadliest weekend of 2016, with at least 17 killed and 40 injured, according to analysis by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Tae-Gyun Kim / AP Photo
Monique Causey holds a portrait of her 14-year-old Malik, who was shot on Aug. 21, 2016, at her home in Chicago. August was the deadliest month for Chicago homicides in two decades, and an analysis of the toll shows more clearly than ever that the blame lies with surging violence in a handful of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods riven by loosely organized street gangs. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)
Monique Causey holds a portrait of her 14-year-old Malik, who was shot on Aug. 21, 2016, at her home in Chicago. August was the deadliest month for Chicago homicides in two decades. This past weekend was the deadliest weekend of 2016, with at least 17 killed and 40 injured, according to analysis by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Tae-Gyun Kim / AP Photo

At Least 17 Dead In Chicago's Street Violence Over Weekend

CHICAGO (AP) — At least 17 people were killed and over 40 injured in Chicago's street violence over the weekend.

Two Chicago newspapers that analyzed police data from Friday afternoon to early Monday called it 2016's deadliest weekend. Chicago police couldn't immediately confirm that, though a spokesman said their weekend homicide count from Friday midnight through Sunday was 18.

Either way, the toll surpassed the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times' analysis of holiday weekends when violence typically spikes. The Tribune reports six people were fatally shot over Memorial Day weekend, five over Fourth of July, and 13 over Labor Day.

The October weekend deaths included seven people under 20 years old. Seventeen-year-old twin brothers were killed in a Sunday drive-by.

There's been a spike in street violence this year with over 600 homicides already.