ALBANY PARK — On Good Friday, Chicagoans who have lost a friend or family member to violence will march for peace in Albany Park, pausing at several of the murder sites.
The noon Friday march is open to everyone. Friends, family and organizations are invited to bring fliers, signs and photos to share, said Dalia Aragon, co-founder of Israel’s Gifts of Hope.
“We’re inviting families to share a prayer and light a candle. To come and walk with us and share their loved one’s story,” Aragon said.
Her foundation works to support the friends and families of people who have been victims of Chicago’s gun violence. Aragon lost her brother, Israel Aragon, Jr., to gun violence in 2016.
Friday’s walk will begin at the corner of North Albany Avenue and West Argyle Street.
From there the procession will make its way to six stops in Albany Park where someone has been slain so people can share their stories and pray before arriving at Christ Lutheran Church, 3253 W. Wilson Ave.
There will be a shuttle service for anyone who needs a ride back to where they parked after the walk.
“It’s not just about Albany Park, we welcome everyone to join us. We are one Chicago and it is time for Chicago to stand up together and say this is a big problem and we have to support each other,” Aragon said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re from the North Side or South Side, the entire city needs to find solutions to this violence.”
For more information on Friday’s event visit its Facebook page or email the organizers at email@example.com.
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