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Chicago Ends 2013 With 415 Homicides

Police say 2013 ended with the fewest murders in Chicago since 1965 and the lowest murder rate since 1966

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    Two more fatal shootings occurred in Chicago on New Year’s Eve, bringing the city’s murder total for 2013 to 415 people.

    Vincent Rogers, 26, of the 7100 block of North Damen, was the city’s last homicide victim of the year. He was shot in the Englewood neighborhood on Tuesday night after an argument and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

    Another man was injured in the same block in Englewood about two minutes later, police said. The 23-year-old was shot in his hip and taken to Saint Bernard Hospital. It’s unknown whether those two shootings are related, police said.

    Earlier Tuesday, police said Donald Golladay, 67, fatally shot his son, August Golladay, 25, while the two argued inside a home in the 3700 block of South Wells in the Armour Square neighborhood, authorities said.

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    The son, Cook County prosecutors said, was threatening to kill himself and went to a closet where his father kept his gun. The father then grabbed the gun and emptied some of the bullets before pointing the gun at his son and firing.

    Donald Golladay told authorities he thought all the bullets were out of the gun but that he was wrong.

    August Golladay was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:19 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

    The elder Golladay was charged with involuntary manslaughter. A Cook County judge on Wednesday ordered him held on a $250,000 bond.

    Despite the two New Year’s Eve killings, the Chicago Police Department said 2013 ended with the fewest murders in Chicago since 1965 and the lowest murder rate since 1966. The 415 killings that the department handled in 2013 was down 18 percent from the 503 murders that the department reported in 2012.

    The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office recorded a total of 434 homicides within Chicago city limits in 2013. That total includes killings on expressways that weren’t handled by Chicago Police.

    Just outside the city, in Berwyn, a 20-year-old man died Tuesday after being found with gunshot wounds in a barbershop.

    Jose Mendoza, of the 2600 block of South East Avenue in Berwyn, was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center at 10:07 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.