The city of Chicago experienced a violent 12-hours Wednesday as fifteen people were shot. Four victims died.
Those shootings and others were on the minds of Chicago teens Thursday as they honored family and friends lost to gun violence already this year.
Rachel Otero is a senior at The Chicago High School for the Arts at 521 E. 35th Street.
Students wanted to make a statement in support of victims. The memorial includes students tracing a chalk outline on the sidewalk in front of the school to represent each of the victims of gun violence.
Each victim’s name and age was written on the outline. Each name was also read off during a candlelight vigil.
Otero says, “It is important for us as students to keep this issue alive both within our communities and city-wide if we want our leaders to address gun violence with substantial solutions.”
The memorial will remain at the site indefinitely.