High school art class gives a face to youth homicide victims

June 7, 2012

Cassidy Herrington

(WBEZ/Cassidy Herrington)

Students at a Chicago high school are making art to bring attention to young homicide victims.

Uplift Community High School students say each block print hanging in the stairwell represents a life taken by violence.

Many of the students depicted friends or relatives who have died. Senior Renissa Darling chose to make a print of a former classmate.

“When I was looking at his picture and our memories back in grammar school, it was hard for me to do,” Darling said. “But I want my voice to be heard, and I want these homicides to stop.”

Police say there have been more than 200 homicides in Chicago already this year. That's up about 50 percent from this time last year.