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:

ME2020-06880

ME2020-06894

ME2020-06911

ME2020-06916

ME2020-06930

ME2020-06934

ME2020-06936

ME2020-06938

ME2020-06939

ME2020-06941

ME2020-06944

ME2020-06946

ME2020-06953

ME2020-06965

ME2020-06966

For additional information about these and all other cases, visit the ME case archive. The archive is updated daily at 5 a.m.

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