On the weekend homicide blotter, there was just one name.
Jason E. Goodfriend, aged 31, white male.
The Chicago Tech Academy High School employee will be recorded as Chicago’s 10th murder of 2017.
Before the date clicks to Jan. 1, 2018, there will be hundreds more corpses and they will be stacked to the rafters in the city morgue.
In a nation with generally falling homicide rates, Chicago has stubbornly bucked the trend. There were more murders in America’s third-largest city than New York and Los Angeles combined.
The city recorded 762 murders in 2016 — a shocking 50% jump from the year before.
Weekends are typically bloodier than a slaughterhouse floor.
On Father’s Day 2016, America’s Second City toasted dear old dad with 12 murders. The youngest was 16. Christmas weekend? Twelve more dead.
Cops received a tip at 9:50 a.m. Saturday that there was a man slumped over the wheel of a running car in the University Village neighbourhood. Just a block away from where he once worked.
It was Goodfriend. One bullet to the head had given him an express ticket to the hereafter.