Guardian Angels walk West Side kids to school after attack

November 8, 2012 2:32:18 PM PST
The Guardian Angels escorted children to school on the West Side Thursday morning in the area where a 14-year-old girl was abducted and sexually assaulted by a gang of men.

The alleged attack happened Monday morning near 16th and Trumbull Avenue.

Concerned residents gathered nearby Thursday afternoon to pray for healing. Beforehand, 24th Ward Alderman Michael Chandler went door to door, asking for the community's help in finding the teen's attackers.

"We have what we call an all-ends strategy. We want the parents, the teachers, the ministers, everybody to be involved in our community, to be engaged," said Chandler.

According to a community alert, the girl was walking to school around 7:45 a.m. when the men drove up to her, got of the vehicle and forced her inside at gunpoint. She was then driven to an unknown location and taken into a house where the six men assaulted her.

"I didn't see or hear nothing Monday. Because I was out in my truck, reading my newspaper. I didn't' see nothing," said Buddy Randall, neighborhood resident.

Investigators haven't said if the attack is connected to the Tuesday morning sexual assault of another 14-year-old near 52nd and Berkeley on the city's South Side, just blocks from President Obama's home.

The Guardian Angels safely shepherded about 40 area residents as community activists reacted to the brutal attack.

"We want parents, guardians, family members to escort their kids to and from school until these individuals are caught," said Miguel Fuentes, Guardian Angels.


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