Last month two black people were brutally stabbed in a Canaryville park in what they say was a racially motivated attack by a group of whites.
Four people —Kevin Hoynes, David Rice, Joya Urbikas and Courtney Vega—have been charged with attempted murder and will be arraigned June 30.
In the nearby Bridgeport neighborhood, residents say this incident has them thinking more about racial dynamics on the city’s Southwest Side. This swath of the city has long been known for white racial intolerance.
WBEZ South Side Bureau reporter Natalie Moore gathered a group of neighbors who want to work toward racial healing.
- Tom Gaulke, pastor at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bridgeport
- Theresa Mah, community activist, McKinley Park resident
- Ruby Pinto, chair of Bridgeport Alliance
- Suzanne Goebel, Bridgeport resident and advocacy coordinator for Darst Center
- Jotti Aulakh, Bridgeport resident and community engagement coordinator for Darst Center