CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s mayor’s plan to combat summertime violence calls on the community to step up in the fight.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams found one person with a unique and vested interest who is doing just that.READ MORE: Police: Person Of Interest In Murder Of Jaslyn Adams, 7, Shot By Police On Eisenhower Expressway After Pursuit In Western Suburbs
Thousands are expected at the House of Hope Thursday night to hear a plan and a call to end violence, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The man who put the event together knows firsthand the toll Chicago’s violence takes on families.
“I get asked by the mothers ‘Why, Mr. Leak? My son. My daughter. My little baby?'”
Longtime funeral director Spencer Leak Sr. has struggled to answer that question after burying so many victims of Chicago’s gun violence and he’s been hard on himself.
“I’ve not taken personal responsibility for the circumstances that caused this tragedy to be on your family,” Leak said.
That soul searching led to what Leak said is a “call to action” Thursday night at the House of Hope Church.READ MORE: State Rep. LaShawn Ford Introduces Legislation To Increase Equity In Illinois Cannabis Industry
A gospel extravaganza, as Chicago’s often perilous summer begins. Choirs and speakers all calling for the entire community to stop violence.
“We as the citizens of City of Chicago must take personal responsibility for what is happening to our city.”
It is the message of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who announced her efforts to curb violence Thursday and is scheduled to attend the House of Hope event Thursday night.
“It’s not me. It’s not I. It’s our,” said Lightfoot.
Standing on corners and speaking from a pulpit, the message is the same: get involved.
“By seeking to share our values (including) character, morals, values, love, patience, in order to send our children from school into the summer, safe and sound.”MORE NEWS: Remembering Hazel Johnson, Chicago’s ‘Mother Of Environmental Justice,’ On Earth Day 10 Years After Her Passing
The doors at the House of Hope are open. The event begins at 7:00. It is free and open to the public.