Two weekend homicides put Chicago over century mark in 2016

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Two shootings over the weekend brought Chicago’s homicide total to 101 through Saturday. | File photo

A man and woman killed in separate shootings this weekend pushed this year’s homicide tally past 100 — a mark reach almost two months sooner than last year.

A woman fatally shot Friday was the 100th homicide of 2016, and a man shot to death Saturday was the 101st.

In 2015, the Cook County medical examiner’s office did not report its 100th homicide until April 16.

About 9:45 p.m. Friday in the Armour Square neighborhood, 30-year-old Shari Graham was sitting in a cab in the 3800 block of South Princeton when shots were fired from an unknown location, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

Graham, of the 7700 block of South Paulina,was shot in the back and taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:31 p.m., authorities said.

Eric D. Henry Jr., 26, and a 24-year-old woman were sitting in a vehicle in the 900 block of West 85th Street at 3:47 p.m. Saturday when someone walked up to the vehicle and fired, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Henry, who lived in the 300 block of Luella Avenue in Calumet City, was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:11 p.m., according to the medical examiner.

The woman suffered gunshot wounds to the jaw and leg and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition, police said.

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