Chicago March for Peace calls for an end to gun violence after deadly mass shootings across the country

CHICAGO (WLS) – This deadly shooting at the “Bean” two weeks ago resulted in a 10 p.m. curfew for those under the age of 18 that will be in effect over the holiday weekend.

Hundreds of people took part in a March For Peace Saturday from the Magnificent Mile to Millennium Park where Seadell Holliday was gunned down.

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It serves as another call for an end to gun violence in the city and across the country.

“We need to show our entire city that we can be united,” said Pastor Kent Steiner of Chicago West Bible Church.

“I think it will take responsibility. It will require some cooperation,” protester Adriannia Collins said.

The group hopes to pave the way, hopefully to a resolution, to the gun violence in Chicago, Buffalo and most recently the Uvalde, Texas tragedy.

“We really believe that at a time like this we need to come together — pastors, committed people across the city,” Steiner said.

A coalition of faith leaders called Hands Across Chicago walked alongside elected officials on the peace march.

“We declare that there will be peaceful events throughout the summer,” said Pastor Michael Eaddy of the People’s Church of the Harvest.

The Chicago Police Department unveiled a safety plan ahead of Memorial Day weekend. It includes more officers downtown, on CTA trains and in neighborhoods, and a citywide underage curfew beginning at 10 p.m

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The new policies aim to impact the city for the better and end the holiday weekend without taking a life too soon.

“Gun violence will not go away overnight. At least we will see that there are people in the church who are willing to come out here and stand up and fight in prayer for the changes that we need,” Collins said.

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