Believing that combatting violence requires a city-wide effort, members of a south side organization organized a prayer vigil for a north side boy savagely beaten as he walked home Tuesday night.
"I felt the call of God to come over here and just be a help to the family and to this great community over here," said Pastor Antoine R. Wilson of the Feast of the Harvest Outreach.
Several people from the organization, based on the 8200 block of South King Drive, gathered outside Children's Memorial Hospital, where 14-year-old Brian DeLeón remained inside, fighting for his life.
DeLeón was attacked, beaten over the head, in the 2900 block of West Bloomingdale Avenue as he walked home Tuesday night after studying with his girlfriend.
"Unfortunately, gang violence as the pastor indicated, has no borders. This is an epidemic throughout the city and I think it's important for all of us to come together and just rally around Brian's family and show our support during their time of need," said Leonard Harris, the principal at the Marine Math & Science Academy, where DeLeón was a freshman.