Anti-Violence Leaders Look For Solutions Amid Memorial Day Gun Violence

Andy Dahn
May 27, 2019 - 11:16 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Memorial Day weekend marred by gun violence across Chicago has leaders of the city's non-violence initiatives searching for answers... and solutions.

"It just shows me that our work is never done," said Adam Alonso, CEO of Build Chicago.

Alonso called the rising number of holiday weekend shootings "tragic" and said the non-profit is focused on community engagement in the coming months.

"It's sad that kids can't be kids," Alonso told WBBM. "They can't come outside when it's warm outside, run through a sprinkler, play with their friends. So we bring that to them."

Executive Director of the Institute for Non-Violence Chicago Teny Gross said Mayor Lightfoot's approach to keeping the city's streets safe, especially over holiday weekends gives him cautious optimism.

"What we cannot forget is that the numbers are quite staggering in Chicago's West and South sides when it comes to young men without employment and who are not in college," Gross said. "College is expensive. Employment is in short supply. Skills are in short supply."

So far, there have been five fatal shootings and 32 total people shot on Memorial Day weekend.