Chicago (CBS) — Father Michael Pfleger rallied with members of Saint Sabina Church on Wednesday to demand violent street offenders leave their neighborhood.

The group gathered at 79th and Paulina, where 18-year-old Dareyona Smith was standing on Tuesday when police say people inside a Nissan vehicle drove by and started shooting.


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“The young lady getting ready for graduation, the young lady who should be picking out her dress to go to prom, murdered by some punks and some cowards in this corner,” Pfleger said.

Smith was hit in the chest and later died. A man standing beside her was hit in the foot, and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

Pfleger and other community activists are asking anyone who saw the shooting to come forward with what they know.

Father Pfleger issued a warning to whoever did it, saying that the community will not live in fear.