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Families of victims of violence take a stand against crime

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Darren "My My" Ray, a victim of this weekend's violence, is remembered as a peacemaker. Darren "My My" Ray, a victim of this weekend's violence, is remembered as a peacemaker.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

After a violent weekend in Chicago, communities are coming together to take a stand against the crime.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he's fed up with making phone calls to grieving parents whose son or daughter had just become another murder statistic.

He was joined by families who have lost loved ones to violence, including Sharon Miles, whose 27-year-old nephew Korey Parker was shot to death two summers ago in a case that remains unsolved.

“We cannot stay in our homes and turn our heads and say, it didn't happen to me so what?” Miles says. “It's not a concern. I hope it never happens to somebody else, but unfortunately it has been and this weekend has shown it.”

Sharon and her husband Julien can only shake their heads thinking about all the shootings and killings which prompted Monday night’s meeting.

Among the weekend victims was 42-year-old Darren Ray, known as “My My” in the East Garfield Park neighborhood where he lived. He was gunned down in an alley Saturday morning as he returned home with a cup of coffee.

“He was a very nice person,” Ray’s friend Sandra Brown said. “Always known for his smile, generous, and known as the peacemaker.”

Father Michael Pfleger said stopping the violence will require people to care enough to get involved.

“We need to take ownership of our blocks and we need to take ownership of our children,” Pfleger said. “Being sad or being overwhelmed is not good enough.”

Sharon Miles worries about those toting guns the next warm weekend.

“It's sad that they have too much time on their hands and the only thing they think about is killing somebody,” she told FOX 32.

Also at Monday night's peace press conference, Father Pfleger announced that he was offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who turns in someone illegally buying a gun for someone who's not supposed to have one.

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