Gun Violence in Obama’s Backyard: Chicago’s Problem is Emanuel’s

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Steven Dorantes, right, is comforted following a funeral mass for his brother Rey on Jan. 18, 2013 in Chicago. Rey Dorantes, 14, died after being shot six times while he was sitting on the front porch of his home while talking on the phone on Jan. 11. Dorantes’s murder was the 21st homicide recorded in Chicago for 2013, a city which saw more than 500 homicides in 2012.

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel will hold a midday news conference today with the city’s police chief, Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

The two are almost certain to face questions about this month’s spiraling pace of murders in the nation’s third most populous city, including this week’s killing of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton a mile from President Barack Obama’s South Side home.

Pendleton was shot in the back and another student wounded by a gunman who sped away as they were taking shelter from the rain with other students. The volleyball player and band majorette had attended the president’s second-term inauguration in Washington last week.

As  Obama presses for measures aimed at curbing gun violence, the killings in his home town run by his former White House chief of staff threaten the mayor’s own political stature by undermining his city’s sense of security.

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