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|Marching Toward a "Cease-Fire"
|A group of Galesburg residents did the only thing they felt they could do in the wake of last week's fatal shooting near a playground at Kiwanis Park: they marched.
Dozens of residents, local religious leaders and others marched to Kiwanis Park Thursday morning. The group sang and chanted, and many held signs, all urging an end to gun violence in Galesburg in the wake of last week's shooting there that killed 21-year old Jemell Ware and resulted in a 16-year old unnamed male being charged with murder.
Resident Jim Jacobs was among those marching, and tells WGIL he knows the neighborhood around the park, especially the housing complex formerly known as Iowa Court, is made of up much better people than that.
"I don't think it reflects the people as a whole," Jacobs said. "This is an ugly exception to what these people of the former Iowa Court, the Turnberry area, the Kiwanis Park area, are like. These are wonderful people. This is a real neighborhood, and we want to help them reclaim their neighborhood from this kind of behavior."
Organizers urged what they called a "cease-fire" and urged anyone that needs police for any reason to call them, and not to feel like they're "snitching" on someone. The march stopped on what is believed to be the exact spot Ware was shot.
Mayor Sal Garza told the group that things like the rally today send a message that it's important to respecting life, the community, and each other.
"We understand; times have always been hard -- harder for some of us, and even harder for most of us," Garza said. "But, here's what we need to understand. Today we're talking about potential; we're talking about the potential of our babies. Who's going to stand up? Everyone. Everyone needs to stand up -- everyone from our community, everyone from our police department, everyone who cares about human life."
(Marchers enter Kiwanis Park Thursday morning.)
(Mayor Sal Garza and Fifth Ward Alderman Peter Schwartzman participate in the march.)
(Prayers and speeches took place around the spot in Kiwanis Park where the fatal shooting occurred. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|07 09 11 by Newsroom
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