CHICAGO -- Chicago’s epidemic of gun violence continues to plague certain neighborhoods. So far this year, more than 2,500 people have been shot, and more than 400 people have been killed.
Once again, a community rocked by violence is coming together to mourn a victim and march for peace.
More than 125 people gathered at Abner Garcia’s alma mater, Curie High School, to remember a former soldier who was battling against the forces of violence that eventually killed him.
Though they chanted "Abner lives," it was Garcia’s violent death that brought more than 125 people to march for peace.
Garcia was a 23-year-old Army veteran who returned home to work with at-risk teenagers as one of the YMCA's Urban Warriors youth anti-violence mentors.
The pain and grief were still raw, a week after Garcia was killed in an apparently random gang shooting. Several military veterans participated in the march.
Garcia was studying criminal justice at UIC.
So far this weekend, more than 40 people have been shot, with at least three fatalities.
It’s becoming a frustratingly repetitive situation – last week Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson summed up the feelings of many the city when he said, “I'm just sick of it."