CHICAGO (CBS) — Dozens of Chicagoans marched along Michigan Avenue Wednesday, all making the same wish for 2015: peace.
CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports on the last day of the year, it was one final look back at the year – in violence.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Breezy On Tuesday
“387 people have been murdered…2,229 have been shot and wounded in Chicago,” said St. Sabina Pastor Michael Pfleger.
To any of us, those numbers are just stunning, but for so many marching they’re personal. The group is made up in great part by those left behind.
“Somebody shot him through the door and his father rushed him to the hospital, which later, an hour later… he’s deceased,” said Alicia Idleburg.READ MORE: Staffer In Gov. Pritzker's Office Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Getting First Dose Of Vaccine
Still, despite a collective pain, the march is not about re-living the past, it’s about moving ahead.
The drive is optimism that it will get better in 2015. Hope, after all, is the only thing some have left.
“They don’t understand and until you walk in these shoes, and God forbid anybody has to, you don’t wanna wear ‘em… cause they do not fit,” said Lutrice Boyd.MORE NEWS: Cubs Bullpen Coach Chris Young Tests Positive For COVID-19, Leading To Worry About Possible Outbreak
Chicago police tell us as of Dec. 30, the city has seen about a dozen less murders than last year. Shootings, though, are up by more than 200 compared to 2013.