Chicago Communities Celebrate National Night Out

Annual events held in the shadow of increased gun violence

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    no description (Published Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014)

    Cities all over the country are celebrating the 31st annual National Night Out.

    The events are held to promote crime prevention programs such as neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies,
    civic groups and any entities dedicated to safer communities.

    Several events were held throughout Chicago and surrounding communities.

    Father Michael Pfleger joined a march at 78th and Halsted dedicated to ending the violence.

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel was also seen out and about, meeting with Chicagoans affected by street violence.

    Lutrice Boyd came out to remember her murdered son, Fredrick.

    "I came out here to be supportive of others that have lost their child or children to gun violence," Boyd said.

    Nortasha Stingley can relate after losing her daughter to gun violence as well.

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    "If we don't unify and come together and think of some solutions, it may get worse before it gets any better," Stingley said.