Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago's police superintendent and community leaders Monday for a closed-door meeting to solve the city's crime epidemic.
This weekend alone at least 44 people were shot, and an innocent 11-year-old girl was killed when a stray bullet went through a bedroom window while she was at a sleepover.
Shamiya Adams was sitting around a pretend campfire eating s'mores with friends when the bullet pierced the window and struck the girl in the head.
"It just leaves a hole in your soul," Rev. George Daniels said. "You can't find words to explain such a tragedy."
Several law enforcement agencies, along with education and community leaders, joined the mayor at Monday's meeting to discuss a problem Emanuel said needs to be solved.
"It's about where the guns are coming from," Emanuel said, "where the law enforcement is, where our neighborhood and communities are, where our parents are, where our investments are and what we're doing to make sure our kids start their education early and right and have the values so they can get all the way through, not only to graduation, but the jobs that are coming to the city of Chicago."
The group hoped to leave the meeting with concrete next steps to provide a solution to the violence.
"Violence cannot be tolerated and it's not condoned," David Pope, a minister in the area, said this weekend. "We are praying this traffic circumstance will turn into a triumphant one."