In May 2011 Rahm Emanuel became mayor of Chicago. That November Mayor Emanuel attended a memorial honoring 260 Chicago public school students killed by violence during the previous three years. Immediately after Mayor Emanuel took office, he became known for personally calling the family of each young gun violence victim.
In 2012 the Chicago Tribune reported 24 students were fatally shot during the school year, four fewer than in the 2010-11 year. But the overall shooting toll—319—was the highest in four years, a 22 percent increase from the previous school year. This data was under a headline that said: Number of CPS students shot rises, as does fear of more to come.
And more shootings came for the rest of Emanuel’s first term. Their frequency may have turned the mayor’s personal calls into a monthly ritual.
Emanuel was reelected in 2015.
That October The Daily Beast declared Chicago America’s mass-shooting capital. The next month, another child was killed, but the motive behind it turned the mayor’s personal contact with the family into the 9/11 of phone calls.