Community ceremony honors children killed

April 25, 2009 3:59:22 PM PDT
A stop-the-violence ceremony was held Saturday to honor the memory of 150 young people killed in the last two years. The ceremony, which took place in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood, featured stone blocks inscribed with the names of victims killed since May 2007.

City and community leaders, including Mayor Daley and police Supt. Jody Weis, were in attendance. Organizers say the stones and candles represent a better way to honor the memory of the victims.

"We wanted to do something different. We're losing a whole generation to gun violence. We were tired of marching and rallying," said Diane Latiker, founder of the Kids Off The Block program. "It [the stone display] is growing. It grew from 30 stones at first, and now there's 150 over there."

The event also included a neighborhood clean-up effort as part of the city's Clean and Green beautification program.


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