Roseland residents respond to violence with vigil

December 9, 2011 (CHICAGO)

The families of some of the victims took part in the vigil, which took place outside the offices of the Roseland CeaseFire Project on the 1300 block of West 111th.

The family to 21-year-old Anthony Brown has seen violence in the community for years but now it that has touched them, they are here hoping to save someone else's child.

"This is going to be positive for all the gangbangers and youth out there that don't have a sense of direction," said Anthony Brown Sr., father.

"It is very tragic for our family. It is very hard, it's very painful. It's a day by day thing," said Louise Brown, mother.

Volunteers went door to door trying to talk to residents Friday night. Roseland CeaseFire put the vigil together in response to the outbreak of violence that has claimed two lives in the last week and injured several others. Residents say the senseless violence prompted by gangs and drugs could be prevented if the community unites to take a stand against it.

"Rival gangs going against each other, pretty much tit for tat. We are in the process of really trying to stop this," said Bob Johnson, executive director, CeaseFire.

Kevin Branch was 17 when he was shot multiple times as he walked down the street last weekend. His mother's pain is still raw but she wants to spread the message that enough is enough.

"Until it happens to you, you don't know how it feels and I think we all need to come together in this community because if not, it is not going to stop," said Antoinette Daniels, mother.

Police have no suspects in either of the two shootings. The vigil was aimed not only at preventing future violence but also trying to get people to come forward with any information they might have about these shootings.

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