CHICAGO (CBS) — Some community groups hope that school and a sense of togetherness can help solve the crisis of gun violence in Chicago.

Can meeting with neighbors and mentors and bonding over food keep a community safe? That was the goal of a barbecue Saturday on the city’s West Side.

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“We try to build the community back together – you know what I’m saying? We want to get the community back together, because there’s a lot of role models around here – in this field right here today – a lot of role models,” said Joseph Russell of the organization Walk in My Shoes.

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Russell said he and his son know the issue all too well, as they have both been victims of gun violence.

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The group also works to build friendships, ideally with the goal of overcoming any rivalries that could lead to conflict.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff