Drug feud fuels increase in slayings for '06

By David Heinzmann
Tribune staff reporter
Published January 1, 2007, 8:01 PM CST

A drug-fueled feud on the West Side contributed to a slight rise in the number of homicides in Chicago in 2006, after three years of declining murders that included a 25 percent drop in 2004.

By Monday afternoon, police had counted 466 murders in the city in 2006, roughly a 4 percent increase over 2005's 40-year low of 447, according to police statistics.