Nightly News | May 29, 2012
>>> it's become a kind of grim marker of the arrival of the summer season in the city of chicago . the murder rate skyrockets. just two weeks ago, chicago was at the center of the world stage as leaders from nato countries gathered there. this weekend the killings in the cities south and west side neighborhoods ramped up again. our report tonight from kevin tibbles.
>> reporter: another hot, deadly, holiday weekend in chicago . 10 people killed, 42 wounded. 43-year-old malcolm dowdy, a coast guard veteran killed in a drive by shooting leaving a memorial day party.
>> you had nato here and all that security and everything. drill, drill, ten point -- but my son couldn't go to a party.
>> reporter: today chicago 's police chief charged to protect a town where the number of murders is up 58% this year, says cops need to get ahead of the violence.
>> what's really different here is going to be the reliance on the beat officer, putting the resources in their hand.
>> reporter: the city's mayor says young people need an alternative to gangs and violence.
>> making sure the economic opportunity does not exist at a liquor store alone or a drug trade .
>> so many young black men are dying, and it seems that no one cares.
>> pastor corey brooks has dedicated himself to saving youth on the south side . there is more work to do. long time residents note the killing seem to come with the warm weather. and worry another hot summer of violence may be on the way.
>> you have a proliferation of guns, economic disaster , educational issues. social and spiritual issues, and you put all of that in one place, and it's a powder keg ready to explode.
>> and that place is right here?
>> it's right here in the innercity of chicago .
>> reporter: seeking ways to diffuse the violence before more lives are lost. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago .