Statistics from the Lake County coroner's office and the Illinois state attorney's office show that only 10 homicides were recorded during 2011. Although the number of homicides is still higher than what law enforcement and the Waukegan community would like to see, the homicide rate for last year is the second-lowest in Lake County, tied with 10 homicides in 1980.
The 2011 statistics were reported just days after the last homicide was recorded this year in the county. On Dec. 29, a 44-year-old man was killed after he was shot during an alleged carjacking.
According to the Daily Herald, two suspects were arrested and charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm after police tracked the suspects and found them at an apartment complex. The victim's cellphone was allegedly discovered on one of the suspects. Police reported that they also found a gun at the apartment complex. Due to the nature of last week's crime and the suspects' criminal records, bail was set at $5 million for each of the suspects.