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Midnight March Against Fear

Midnight march against violence in Englewood



    Officers and activists erect memorial in honor of Thor Soderberg (Published Monday, July 12, 2010)

    A handful of Chicagoans hit the streets of Englewood overnight in a midnight march for peace in the wake of the death of an officer.

    "Most people are afraid in this community. After a certain time, they are going in and locking themselves in, for fear," said Lord M. Hunt, CEO of Sakal Global Nations.

    The 9th annual midnight march against violence through the Englewood neighborhood comes as the city mourns fallen Chicago Police officer, Thor Soderberg. Soderberg died July 7 after being shot three times by a man who took his gun during a struggle. It happened outside a police building at 61st Street and Racine Avenue.

    Several Chicago police officers marched alongside activists as they took their message from 59th and Wood Streets to 59th and Racine overnight. They joined hands, joined in prayer and joined in memory as they stopped shortly to erect a memorial at the site Soderberg was murdered.

    "It has reached a peak now that we have officers and police stations being assaulted," said Hunt.

    As for the goal of the march, Hunt says he believes miracles happen after midnight.

    "Sometimes just one individual helped can change things," said Hunt.

    Bryant Brewer, 24, remains behind bars charged with murdering Soderberg, as well as attempted murder and armed robbery. Brewer admitted to shooting the officer.