HUMBOLDT PARK — The Humboldt Park peace walk, organized in response to recent shootings west of the neighborhood’s namesake park, is back on.
The first walk had to be canceled because two men were shot along the route just a few hours before it was set to begin.
The rescheduled event is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, according to the Shakespeare (14th) Police District. The event is a collaboration between the police district, the neighborhood group United Blocks of Humboldt Park, Lowell Elementary School and local churches.
Neighbors should meet at Hirsch Street and Spaulding Avenue, according to the police district’s community policing office.
“See you there to help clean up our neighborhood of crime and violent gang violence,” United Blocks of Humboldt Park organizers wrote in a post on Facebook.
The original peace walk was scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 12. Community leaders were forced to call it off after a gunman fired shots at two men, ages 19 and 22, from his car in the 3300 block of West Le Moyne Street just a few hours before the walk was set to begin.
That shooting followed at least two other shootings west of the park in which two people were murdered.
On Aug. 17, Luis Lopez, 45, of Berwyn, was shot and killed in the 3400 block of West Pierce Avenue.
On Sept. 1., an 18-year-old man was killed and another man was wounded in a shooting in the 3200 block of West Le Moyne Street.
Richard Karwowski, co-chair of United Blocks of Humboldt Park, said rescheduling the peace walk, rather than canceling it altogether, showed that they weren’t backing down.
The walk, Karwowski said, “is an excellent way to show that the people who live here now won’t tolerate crime of past Humboldt Park.”
“This is new Humboldt Park,” he said.
Karwowski said United Blocks of Humboldt Park was initially planning to conduct its monthly meeting either during or after the peace walk, but the meeting has since been canceled so the group can focus on the peace walk and encourage more neighbors to come out.
“We want the neighborhood safe. … we want families and children to roam the streets freely,” he said.
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