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Silent procession through the centre of Chicago marks a year of violence

CHICAGO – Hundreds of marching silently along Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, and with crosses for each person killed in the city this year.

The crosses, made by a suburban Chicago man, have the names of a murder victim. The authorities say that there have been more than 760 people have been killed in Chicago in 2016. There were less than 500 murders in the city last year.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger says that he hopes that the images of the protests along Chicago’s premiere retail street will inspire people to take action to prevent further violence in 2017.

After Saturday’s march, the crosses will be placed in a vacant lot on the city’s South side.

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