CHICAGO (CBS) — South Chicago ministers led an anti-violence procession through the neighborhood, on the Saturday before Easter.
Their goal with this procession and 15th Annual Ecumenical Service is to renew hope, calling for peace and an end to violence.
“We want our young people to be able to dream again, to see their lives beyond 20 and 21,” said Apostle Steve Jones
Holly Robinson’s husband, Ceasefire worker Bearling Robinson, was killed last year, while mediating an argument. Bearling also leaves behind two young sons.
“I do think this makes a difference,” said Robinson. “There are a lot of people, a lot of cultures, that can come together and work together and it can be safe.”
10th Ward Alderman John Pope said with warmer weather, comes more violence.
“All the more reason for people to get together and start preparing themselves and be proactive,” said Ald. Pope.
At the same time the prayer service was taking place, two men were found shot to death inside a home about a mile away. Hours later, two men are shot in Woodlawn.
11 year-old Jeffrey Hudson, Jr. said it is important to speak out, “To see that young kids can make an improvement in communities starting now. They have a voice.”
Hudson Jr. says by speaking out, he’s securing the future for generations to come.