Number of homicides on Saturday ties city's single-day record for 2012Taylor Diorio, 17, went back to her old South Side community over the weekend to attend her best friend's birthday party, according to the teen's family.
But as the southwest suburban girl was getting a ride home with four other people early Saturday, someone opened fire on their car, fatally striking Diorio in the head, Chicago police said.
"Every time I saw her, she had this glow to her," Diorio's aunt Mary Diorio said Monday in a telephone interview, recalling how the teen closely resembled her grandmother. "I would see her and I'd get to see my mom at the same time."
Diorio was one of six people slain that day in Chicago, tying Feb. 19 for the most homicides on a single day this year in the city, according to police statistics. Her slaying was among eight spanning Friday evening through early Monday.
As of Monday, there have been 38 homicides recorded in August, three more than all of August 2011, the statistics show. During the first 19 days of August last year, there were 22 homicides.
The rise in this month's homicides comes on the heels of a July that saw its fewest killings in years.
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