A crowd of Evanston Township High School students, parents, concerned citizens, and city officials marched through town Tuesday holding signs promoting peace and chanting "end the violence!"
The march route passed Smitty's Garage, where , and the McDonald's at Dempster and Dodge where .
"We do not need to have a community where Tyree Green is in pain still and in the hospital," said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, referring to the teenager shot at McDonald's. "We can have a better community. The one we all want, the one we all dream about, the one that years ago we had. We can stop the violence."
The march, which was organized by the ETHS NAACP, was the launch of what they call the "stop the violence, stop the funerals, start the peace, start the love" campaign.
"It's like we're killing each other ... I really think it's ridiculous and it really shouldn't be happening," said ETHS junior Khadijah Daniels, who held a sign with printed pictures of young men who have been killed in Evanston. Daniels said she was proud to see people stand up for peace, but was disappointed more students didn't attend the rally.
"This school is what, 4,000 kids, and there's not even 1,000 people here," she said.
The event was the third peace march and rally in Evanston this spring. Earlier this month, . The weekend after the shooting at McDonald's, neighbors and other citizens held at the intersection of Dempster and Dodge.
"This is something that matters to each and everyone of us," said ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon. "We march for our community, we march for the youth of this community, we march for every teenager in this community who is at risk when there is gun violence anywhere in our community, and we march for peace."