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Violence victim Kevin Kennelly is remembered Monday during CrossWalk, a cross-town march. (CBS)

Violence victim Kevin Kennelly is remembered Monday during CrossWalk, a cross-town march. (CBS)

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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.

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