Englewood residents love their neighborhood, hate its violence - FOX 32 News Chicago

Englewood residents love their neighborhood, hate its violence

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Residents of Englewood seem to have a love-hate relationship with the neighborhood.

“Sometimes it's really violent and you can't really let your kids out when things like that are happening. Overall I love Englewood, I’m just looking for some changes to happen," said Michelle Cole, who has five children and one granddaughter.

She would love to let them play outside in the summer, but Cole feels she can't.

"I keep them in. Unless it's my day off where we sit on the front porch, which is where they are, that's about it," she said.

Cole's not alone. After a violent holiday weekend, residents in other parts of Englewood plan to do the same this coming weekend.

“Kids gotta be in the house at a certain time. Kids can't even play at the park. I stay in the house," said resident LaSaundra Yancy.

Yancy lives near Saint Sabina Church, where Father Pfleger holds a march every Friday to stop the violence.

"If we reach out to our communities, get involved in our communities and get engaged in our communities, we'll see a difference, we'll see results. But we have to be actively engaged," Pfleger said.

“He's gonna have another march today and tomorrow; maybe tonight there might be another shooting," Yancy added.

Some residents agree that marches and rallies let the community know there are outreach programs to help. Others say these gatherings don't seem to work, because the shootings continue.

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