Remembering Chicago's murdered children

October 29, 2011 7:38:47 AM PDT
Hundreds of Chicago children have been killed in recent years. In fact, religious leaders say more than 260 school children died in the past three school years.

Among them was Enrique Rodriguez, a Kennedy-King College student who died August 21, 2011. His parents and brother, Jose, Teresa and Alfredo Rodriguez, respectively, were in our ABC7 studio alongside Reverend Susan Johnson, to talk about the citywide "Urban Dolorosa" events.

They are a series of vigils the first week of November to remember the killed children and promote an end to violence. Families of the victims, activists and religious leaders are inviting the community to participate.

Rev. Johnson, Senior Minister of Hyde Park Union Church and Executive Director of "Urban Dolorosa", or "the Sorrowing City", conceptualized these concerts. The events will create a memorial in music, poetry, photography, youth performance and the reading of the names of children killed, concluding with a candle-light vigil in various neighborhoods.

Memorial Events
Tuesday, November 1
7 p.m.
Auburn Gresham
The Faith Community of Saint Sabina
1210 West 78th Place

Wednesday, November 2
5:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple
77 West Washington Street

Thursday, November 3
7 p.m.
West Garfield Park
New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church
4301 West Washington Boulevard

Friday, November 4
7 p.m. Back of the Yards
Holy Cross/ IHM Parish
4541 South Wood Street

Sunday, November 6
5:30 p.m.
Hyde Park
Hyde Park Union Church
5600 South Woodlawn Avenue

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