Quelling violence on the streets is not just about guns; even petty arguments can push people over the edge. So, some local people, such as CeaseFire's violence interruptors, insert themselves into the midst of altercations to prevent dangerous reactions.
In June, a fifth person was found guilty in the death of Derrion Albert, the 16-year-old Chicago honor roll student beaten to death on the street in 2009.A graphic cellphone video captured the attack and made Albert's homicide a national story, but it was only one of hundreds investigated by Chicago
Violence is an issue across many of the city’s wards. But some neighborhoods need more help than others. Groups like CeaseFire seek to provide that help. The anti-violence initiative tries to stop potentially violent situations from starting.
A Chicago-based group called CeaseFire works in the city’s toughest neighborhoods. It trains former gang members to mediate conflicts that could turn violent. Those conflicts might be over turf or money, a pecking order or a personality clash.
Kildare is a street located around southwest side high school Curie Metro High School. Over the past few years students there have documented their experiences in the neighborhood as part of the series Southwest Side Stories.