Thousands of anti-violence protesters rallied Saturday on Chicago's South Side to demonstrate as part of the sixth annual "Prayer on the 9" community initiative.
Protesters, who wore red, formed a two-mile prayer line along 79th Street and laid down on the street for a three-minute moment of silence for victims of violence.
Pastor John F. Hannah's Grand Crossing's New Life Covenant Church organized the rally. Participants from across the city attended the event, including 18-year-old Old Town resident Kyana Mallone. Her boyfriend was recently shot and killed in the city in a drive-by shooting.
"I really feel like Chicago is getting out of hand. It's just crazy and sad how every day somebody is getting shot and it's all over [Facebook] and it's just really sad," Mallone told DNAinfo Chicago.
The Chicago Police Department, meanwhile, released a statement Sunday on the issue of summer violence.
"As we look toward the summer months, Superintendent [Eddie] Johnson has made it very clear that the violence will not be tolerated - period," the statement reads. "The cause of the violence traces back decades, and everyone has a role to play in fixing it - police working with parents, judges, residents, clergy, community leaders, and others. Put simply, we need more values, fewer guns and stronger sentences against violence offenders."
UPDATE (5:30 p.m.): Shootings are on the rise in Chicago. The city has had 1,382 shootings thus far in 2016, including 244 that were fatal, according to the Chicago Tribune's review of police data. That's up compared with the same time period in 2015, when there were 904 shootings and 157 people killed by gun violence.