Hundreds March In Hopes Of Ending Violence

CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of Chicagoans marched Monday night to remember young people who have died as a result of violence.

CBS 2’s Marissa Bailey was there and explains the purpose of their journey, called CrossWalk.

The ceremony began inside the packed St. James Cathedral, where people of all ages and walks of life came together to remember kids and teens killed in violent crimes.

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The number 632 was seen on the shirts of many walking the four miles. It’s the number of young people killed in violent crime since 2008.

One of them was Ms. Bosley’s son, Terrell, who was shot and killed at 18 years old.

“There’s not just one solution that’s going to stop this violence,” Bosley said. “We all have to work together because we all have different ideas.”

Next stop was Daley Plaza.

Kevin Kennelly stepped in the middle of a fight at a beach in northwest Indiana last year. He was punched once in his forehead and killed instantly. He was just 17 years old.

His parents say they walked today to show that violence can happen anywhere, to anyone.

He was the “gentlest, sweetest kid in the world,” Kevin’s mother, Jean, said.

CrossWalk moved on to St. Patrick’s Church and ended at Stroger Hospital.

More than 600 people walked in hopes that the old saying of “There’s power in numbers” just might be true.

Many participants said they didn’t know anyone killed in a violent crime but just wanted to show their support to end violence.

The event was sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

  • zatso

    Keep marching.

    But, until you start sending them to jail without the frills, your wearing out shoe leather.

    When will the idiot politicians wake up?

    Come the REVOLUTION, they go first.


  • Just Axin

    Zatso- Agreed, but taxpayers have to take the blame here. How many of us said something last week when our state senators voted for a bill that required online dating sites to do background checks? Meanwhile, these POS criminals serve a fraction of their sentences.

    • zatso

      Let’s not bang our heads.

      No probation, no reduction of sentences, and double the penalty for repeat violations.

      Make jail a hell hole. Shackled prisoners don’t riot.

      Forget electric turbines in the lake, barges with 4×8 cells, and don’t forget the shackles.

      Would anyone want to do TIME?

      People want an answer, I gave you one.

      Darn, woke up and it’s not April 1st.


  • Sickened

    Hey ganbangers, murders and rapists, better stop it, they’re marching again!!

    How stuipd. Get real!!!

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