In observance of Good Friday and as a kickoff to the Archdiocese of Chicago's new anti-violence initiative, hundreds of people from across the city came together in a march for peace in the Englewood neighborhood on Friday, April 15, 2017. Around 25 Marillac St. Vincent children, parents, staff, board members, and volunteers joined in the March.
The march followed a template practiced in the Catholic tradition of reenacting the crucifixion of Jesus marked by 14 individual "stations". In this version, at each station, the march came to a hault so that victims' family members read from the list of 160 names of individuals who have lost their lives to gun violence in Chicago so far in 2017.
Marillac St. Vincent employee Domonique Jones was among those that read names of the fallen, including that of her cousin, Stevie Jefferson, who died earlier this year at age 17.
Cardinal Cupich ended the walk by saying, "What we did today in walking was just the first step, and let's continue to walk together."
As of the publish date of this article there have been 170 homicides in Chicago so far this year, and a total of 918 shootings.
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