Rosaline Colon said she hopes a massive march through her Northwest
Side neighborhood will unite the community and send a message to gang
members and local criminals that violence will not be tolerated.
need to stop the violence,” said the 28 year-old Chicago native. “They need
to know that if they want to gangbang and carry guns and shoot people, that we won’t just sit back and let it happen.”
brother, Ramon Colon, died from multiple gunshot wounds when he was
caught in gang crossfire back in March. He was 24 years-old and left behind a
3 year-old son.
“Like so many others that have been shot
in this city, he was just an innocent bystander,” she said, adding that
her brother was had no gang affiliations and no charges have been filed
related to the homicide. “It’s time for things to change.”
and her two children, ages seven and 10, joined more than 200 people to
rally against gun violence and march from Blackhawk Park, at 2318 N.
Lavergne Ave., through the Belmont Cragin neighborhood to St. Genevieve
Parish’s parking lot, at 4832 W. Montana Ave., Wednesday night.
the wake of a recent mass shooting on the city's South Side, in which 13 people — including a 3 year-old boy — were injured, Wednesday’s march for
peace was attended by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent
Garry McCarthy, and other local elected officials, such as State Rep.
Maria Berrios (D-Chicago). Ald. Ray Suarez (31st) organized the march, which traveled through the heart of his ward. Read more »