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Two teenagers shot fatally in Chicago

July 13, 2008 7:02:32 PM PDT
Gunfire claimed the lives of two teenagers Saturday. The family of one of the victims, 17-year-old Marlowe Jones, says he was not in a gang and was an innocent victim.The murders came at a time when Chicago police Supt. Jody Weis was defending his job and preparing for an appearance Tuesday before the city council. Alderman want to know why murders were up 13 percent in June 2008 versus June 2007.

Sunday, two prominent Chicago ministers rallied for peace on the streets as police investigated the latest cases of gun violence.

Just hours after weekend gun violence claimed more teen lives in Chicago, a fed up community took to the streets demanding that the bloodshed end.

"Unless we come together as a whole people, we cannot do it by ourselves, it takes all of us to come together as one to save our children," said marcher Daphine Walker.

Saturday night, a 15-year-old boy was killed in the Little Village neighborhood in what police say could have been a gang-related shooting.

Early Sunday morning, 17-year-old Marlowe Jones was shot in the head and killed, after a weapon discharged while a man used it to pistol whip another man he was fighting.

The 17-year-old's family says he was an innocent bystander.

"My younger sister just passed last summer in 2007. Marlowe was a unique individual," said Carolyn Jones, a member of the victim's family.

The religious leaders who organized Sunday afternoon's march in memory of Jones, and other gun violence victims like him, want to send a message to stop the violence. They also want to assure Superintendent Weis of their continued support.

"This is a big city. It's a very diverse city. People are hurting, and it's a very awkward time to take that kind of a position. And I think there's a lot of heat on him. I think the man needs a little time," said Bishop Larry Trotter of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church.

But as the hundreds walking for peace marched by, some said Sunday neighborhood rally simply was not enough.

"The only thing that kept me peaceful and out of trouble was someone in the community that opens things, the churches getting involved, more block clubs for the community to give back something," said area resident Renard Greenlaw.

Bishop Trotter and marchers also paused and prayed at intersections in the neighborhood that have been particularly violent.

Trotter's church also plans to offer $100 vouchers to residents who turn in their un-loaded guns to the church. Organizers admit it is not a monumental act, but they say it is a good step toward ridding the neighborhood of guns.


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