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Chicagoans unite to promote peace this weekend

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

After all the violence in Chicago last weekend, several groups came together in different parts of the city with a common goal -- to promote peace this weekend.

Supporters of Project Hood and the Chicago Peace Organization marched on Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Road to the Tribune Tower to showcase their call for a 72 hour ceasefire during Labor Day Weekend.

“Our hope and our goal is to make sure that this weekend is filled with nothing but peace, celebration and love,” said Pastor Corey Brooks, founder of Project HOOD.

On the near west side, residents held what they called a Unity Fest at Altgeld Park, also to promote peace.

“We are tired of losing our kids to violence in our community, to the police in our community and not only the police, but to each other. We have to stop fighting against each other,” said Marcia Slone, one of the organizers.

This gathering stood in stark contrast to a protest they staged Wednesday night where tensions were much higher as community members demanded answers after a police involved shooting Sunday night. Nineteen-year-old Roshad McIntosh was killed after authorities said he pointed a gun in the direction of the officers.

His mother said Friday night that neither the police nor the medical examiner have told her anything about her son's death.

“I have not heard from no one, no one and I don't think that's right. I don't think it's fair. I know it's not going to bring my son back but I just want some closure,” said Dawn McIntosh.

At the rally downtown, Pastor Brooks asked people to join with him to go to the neighborhoods and clubs to ask people to put down their guns and make this a peaceful weekend.

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