CHICAGO (CBS) — Students from the Englewood neighborhood raised their voices loud and clear Tuesday morning as they staged a peace march through their community.
“I think this is something that will make the violence stop,” said Nacyra Anderson, a 7th grader at Charles Henderson Elementary School.READ MORE: Chicago Police Union President Urges Aldermen To Repeal Mayor's Vaccine Mandate For City Workers; 'This Tyrant At The Top Needs To Stop What She’s Doing'
Anderson and more than 100 classmates marched about a mile through Englewood, chanting for peace.
The march was in response to the February shooting of 3-year-old Ayden Deer, and the November killing of one of their own, 8th grader J’Quantae Riles.
Ayden was shot while playing on the sidewalk outside his house in the 5600 block of South Wolcott Avenue in February.
J’Quantae, 14, was shot and killed on Nov. 7, 2015, just days after his family moved back to Chicago from Virginia. His mother, Franika Marshall, had moved her family to Virginia to escape the gun violence in Chicago, but moved back to her mother’s house in Englewood after just a few weeks when things didn’t work out in Virginia.
Marshall spoke to the students who marched in Englewood, urging them to continue speaking up about violence in their community, especially if they are witnesses to crime.
“Don’t worry about what other people say, as far as snitching and stuff like that. If y’all care, speak up, for real,” she said.