Boystown Brawl, Stabbing Caught On Tape

Residents complain about increased violence in neighborhood

A large fight that led to stabbing Sunday night is the latest example of what some Boystown residents say is an alarming increase of violence in the neighborhood.

A 25-year-old man was stabbed shortly before midnight at Halsted and Aldine, the Windy City Times reported.

The fight, which involved close to a dozen people, was caught on video from a neighbor's balcony and posted on YouTube. It shows a man being punched and kicked by several other men. The victim later stumbles into a wall, bloodied and wounded from the attack.

John Cunningham and Rob Sall recorded the video and also tried to break up the fight.

"To actually watch it happening right in front of your house, leaves you shaking your head in awe," Cunningham said. "We can complain to the cops that they're not doing enough, we can complain to City Hall that they're not doing enough but at the end of the day, it's up to the citizens to become more vigilant."

A recent spate of violence has caused some neighbors to create a "Take Back Boystown" Facebook page, imploring local leaders to address the problems.

Over the past three weeks, three stabbings have been reported in the heart of the LGBT community, two of them near a 7-11 on Halsted and Roscoe.

According to the newspaper, the issue will be discussed at a CAPS meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the 23rd District Police Station at 850 W. Addison.

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