Cook County Medical Examiner Confirms 15 Gun-Related Homicides in One Day
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office today confirmed 15 gun-related homicides across the County. All the homicides took place May 31.
The Office conducted 35 autopsies today – that’s 15 – 20 more than are usually performed in one day. Three additional forensic pathologists were called in, in order to handle the increased caseload. There are usually five forensic pathologists scheduled daily.
“This is an unprecedented amount of homicides in one day for our office,” said Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar. “The most I can recall in one day since I started here in 2003 is 10.”
Eleven of the homicides occurred in Chicago, one in North Riverside and three at unknown locations. Ages of the decedents range between 18 – 39. Thirteen are men and two are women. Twelve are black, two Latino and one is identified as ‘other.’
Case numbers for today’s cases are as follows:
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