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Community looks to leaders to end Chicago violence

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago violence is on the minds of many. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel was at two public events on Sunday afternoon but he did little to address those concerns.

“He's not taking questions,” said a press aide for Mayor Rahm Emanuel as Fox 32 News approached Mayor Emanuel after an Anderson Park ribbon cutting in Bronzeville.

The question on many minds – how to curb the violence plaguing the city’s neighborhoods.

Bronzeville resident Mary Evans shared her ideas.

“More police protection, more police presence, just concerned citizens,” said Evans.

Three-year-old Jason Ares is just one of nearly two dozen people shot this weekend.

Ares remains at Mount Sinai Hospital after he was shot in the abdomen while outside with his mother in the Brighton Park neighborhood.

At Sunday afternoon’s event Mayor Emanuel said the new neighborhood park should be a safe zone.

“Making sure our children have a safe place with an adult watching over them, guiding them on the right path to make the right decisions, the rest of their life. There are going to be a lot of values learned here,” said Emanuel.

The park’s opening comes on the heels of consecutive violent weekends citywide.

Mayor Emanuel has said parent and community involvement is needed to curb the crime and that sentiment was echoed Sunday afternoon.

“The city of Chicago will be as strong as its neighborhoods and communities so it's neighborhood by neighborhood, community by community, block by block and that's how we build this city,” said Emanuel.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy point to gun laws.

“If we stem the flow of those guns coming in and we put people in jail for possession of firearms, we'll see the murder rate and the violence in this city plummet even more so than it's been doing today,” said McCarthy.

McCarthy said Chicago’s murder rate is down, “Last year we had the lowest murder rate in the city since 1965 and we're below that number. It's not good enough and it's never going to be good enough until such time that we stop these shootings and it can be done,” said McCarthy.

But for some it’s too late and for others like little Jason Ares, they’re forced to fight for life after being caught in the crossfire.


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