There has been nearly 2,300 people shot in Chicago so far in 2016 and the violence doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
The number of people shot in Chicago thus far is up 740 compared to 2015, according to statistics compiled by The Chicago Tribune. Furthermore, the Windy City reportedly has had at least 268 homicides so far this year, which is 105 more homicides than this time last year.
Lil Durk says it’s possible for the Chicago to unite, but it’s going to take the work of some of his hometown’s biggest voices.
“What’s going on in Chicago, is with the gangs that’s in Chicago,” Durk told Vibe. “That’s the big thing with all of the gangs, and all of the people who have voices. That’s why all the rappers who have voices in Chicago: Lil Herb, Hypno, Lil Bibby, Dj Bandz, Minister Louis Farrakhan, if we all try to put something together to stop the BS, you know what I’m saying? All sides. So if everybody who has the voices just come together, and just try and talk it out and be like, ‘Let’s slow down, let’s try to get to the community,’ or just do anything to slow it down because the violence is never going to stop.”
Durk continued, “I mean it’s not going to happen overnight, but it’s going to happen. If everybody is in there 100%, I guarantee it’s going to slow down.”