By Libby Lewis, CNN
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(CNN) - Chicago has the highest homicide rate in the nation with over 500 reported murders last year. Such murders are about to get easier for Chicagoans to track. In about a week, the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper will roll out its version of Homicide Watch. The paper’s licensed the software of the award-winning website, Homicide Watch D.C., one that tracks every single homicide case in the city.
Craig Newman, the Sun-Times’ managing editor, said the paper wants to deal differently with what he calls a public health epidemic in Chicago:
[5:26] "We have too many young people killing young people and disenfranchised communities all over the city. The idea behind Homicide Watch is that it’s reporting these crimes, but not casting any judgment. Whether it’s a gang crime, or a crime of passion or a run-of-the-mill homicide, it’s a place where all the facts are laid bare.
And people can have a place to have a community, and the survivors can talk to each other and people can interact."
Laura Amico couldn’t find a job in the work she loves – crime reporting – so she started the website to provide the nitty-gritty information on homicide cases and create a community forum for the people hit hardest.
Juanita Coghill posts on Homicide Watch DC to help keep her son’s case alive. Her son, Henry Kelly, was shot and killed in an alley in D.C. in March 2011. His murder hasn’t been solved.
[4:35] "I love Homicide Watch because they showcase every murder in DC and not just certain cases…I like the way theye showcase the hearings for the family to keep the memory alive. I feel like I have a voice through Homicide Watch."