Following a bloody weekend in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaves town Monday for a national meeting focused on preventing youth violence.
Emanuel joins mayors from five other cities and top leaders to lay out prevention strategies during a two-day summit in Washington D.C.
Over the weekend, 16 people were wounded on the streets of Chicago and one man died. One of the shootings involved two boys, ages 14 and 15, who were shot in their legs Saturday night at 80th and Kenwood in the Avalon Park neighborhood.
This is the type of crime scene the mayor and President Barack Obama's administration want to eliminate. The most recent numbers show nearly 700 children were hit by gun fire in Chicago in 2010. That averages out to about two shootings per day.
During Monday's summit, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will give opening remarks, and U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan will participate along with church leaders and police officers.
Emanuel won't be the only attendee from Chicago. Several area kids will share their stories about overcoming the violence.