Gun Violence Vigil Honors Slain Victims, Urges All Communities To Work Together To End Shootings

Nancy Harty
October 07, 2019 - 10:20 am

Chicago Sun-Times Media Wire

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A vigil for gun violence victims on Chicago's North Side last night aimed to get more people involved in efforts to stop the shootings. 

Hundreds of pieces of orange fabric were lined on the fence outside Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, representing every child killed by gun violence in the U.S. since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Inside, during the church’s fourth annual anti-violence vigil, people read the names of young local gun violence vitims. With each name, they tore another piece of orange fabric for the fence.At the vigil two years ago, 102 youths killed by Chicago’s gun violence were remembered. This year, almost 58 were being honored.

Xavier Ramey, CEO of Justice Informed focusing on social impact, told the crowd what change he wants to see in relation to stopping gun violence.

"This will be the first generation of Chicagoans that forms a systemic bond — of friendship, community, relationship, sacrifice, proximity, of honesty with the maginalized," Ramey said. "The first generation ever; we have not had one."

Local rapper Rhymefest and Father Michael Flager also spoke at the vigil, and both said the gun violence is fuled by racism and disinvestment.