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Chosen Few participants reflect on Chicago's violence

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

House music makes a triumphant return to Hyde Park for the 23rd Annual Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic at Jackson Park. Despite a holiday weekend filled with violence, Lisa Smith and others tell Fox 32 News they feel safe and protected.

"I have great confidence in the Chicago police," said Smith.

"I walk in faith so I believe we're covered, we're fine," said Sharon William.

Williams and other attendees offered their own solutions on how to curb the violence effecting young children.

"We have such a great church like Saint Sabina, Father Michael Pfleger, which a lot of people know, that's really trying to do something for our communities. If we can get more churches out to support his actions, what he's doing for us, I think that will help out too," said Williams.

"I think we need to create more jobs for the youth, more basketball tournaments, more activities, things for people to do, for the young guys to do, to make it possible, to make it happen, we just need more leaders than followers," said Cecil Sprouts.

The timeline of children shot in the last week is disturbing - three young boys, ages 2, 5 and 7 years old - all victims of gun violence. Callie Bradford heard about Chicago's violence in Detroit.

"I did. It's sad... very very sad… I actually grew up here my whole life, I've been in Detroit for ten years and so I feel safe when I come, I just know what areas to go to and what not to but like I said, we've been here several years and never had any issues," said Bradford in an interview with Fox 32's Tisha Lewis.

On Saturday afternoon , it was just barbecues, tents and a good time at the 23rd Annual Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic. For Lisa Smith it brings back memories of how Chicago once was before Chicago's violence became the buzz around the water cooler.

"I think we need more parental involvement. People need to know where their children are, parents need to be held accountable for children that are minors, that's not happening, we're having too many babies having babies and they just don't know how to raise their child because they're still a baby and they need to be nurtured," said Smith.

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