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Faith leaders weigh solutions to gun violence as Chicago recovers from latest teen shooting death – NBC Chicago

As Chicago police continue to investigate the murder of a teenager who was fatally shot while sitting on a North Side park bench, members of the city’s faith community gathered on Saturday to call for an end to armed violence and in particular crimes against children.

In the recent incident, a teenager identified as Lavel Window, 13, was found with a gunshot wound to the head around 9:50 p.m. in Lerner Park in the 7500 block of North Sacramento Avenue, police say.

Chicago police say a witness reported hearing a gunshot and seeing people running away. Lavel was rushed to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston and later pronounced dead.

“They don’t die from disease, or from some action, but they die from being shot and murdered,” said Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church and founder of Project HOOD, an organization focused on end to senseless violence. , ending recidivism and building communities “one neighborhood at a time”.

Gun violence against children was the topic of discussion at Saturday’s Save the Children conference inside Brooks Church in the city‘s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.

“I think we’ve heard it so much here in Chicago; people get numb,” he told NBC 5. “And that’s only when it happens to someone in your family or close to sure you feel the impact, but we shouldn’t have to wait for it to hit our families, but we should be equally concerned no matter what neighborhood it’s in.”

Bishop EW Jackson, President of the STAND Foundation, has been tracking these crimes since 2020 and explained that Chicago tops the list, with 56 children murdered.

Jackson’s team partnered with Brooks to organize the event, hoping to find short- and long-term solutions to the ongoing problem.

“These kids aren’t being killed by cops or racists,” Jackson said. “They are killed by criminals in the community who are allowed to run free.”

It remains unclear whether Lavel was hit by a stray bullet or the target of Friday night’s shooting. No one was in custody on Saturday as detectives continued to investigate.