Sheryl Grimes said violence in her community on the city’s Northwest
Side is escalating. The Belmont-Cragin neighborhood resident says there is a shooting within a few miles of
her home almost every week.
“I’ve lived here my entire
life, and crime, burglaries, assaults, shootings were something we never
heard about,” said the 32 year-old native Chicagoan. “And now I am
always looking over my shoulder to see who’s walking behind me and I
have to tell my kids ‘no, let’s not go to Portage Park tonight,’ because
it might not be safe.”
Grimes and her two sons, ages six
and eight, joined more than 50 people on Tuesday night to rally against
violence and march from Chopin Park, at 3240 N. Long Ave., through the
Belmont-Cragin neighborhood to Peter A. Reinberg Elementary School, at
3425 N. Major Ave.
“I’m hoping this march will raise
awareness,” Grimes said. “We’re the Northwest Side and we have a voice.
We’ve come together and we’re going to stand up against violence in our
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