What can be done to stop the violence plaguing the city of Chicago? With news of more fatal attacks, we’re reminded that there is no easy answer.
On Friday, 18-year-old Janay McFarlane was shot to death hours after her 14-year-old sister Destini heard President Obama condemn gun violence in a speech in Chicago. Now Destini is mourning her sister. Her family says Janay wasn’t the shooter’s target, but became a tragic casualty.
Many have tried for years to help stop the bloodshed, but young people continue to die on Chicago’s streets. We interviewed kids who have no choice but to live in gang-ridden neighborhoods and carry weapons just to protect themselves.
When we asked them if they were afraid of getting caught with a gun and having to serve jail time, their responses illustrated why the problem is so difficult to solve. They told us that getting caught with a gun and serving time was a better option than getting caught without a gun and dying.
CNN's Chris Cuomo meets teens in Chicago who are turning their lives around thanks to one woman's dedication. CNN Hero Diane Latiker began by inviting young people into her home to escape the violence on the streets. Now she has a community center where she serves as a role model and source of encouragement.
Rival gangs face off on the basketball court in Chicago once a week. It's an effort to foster peace between sworn enemies on the streets and reduce violence. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports courtside on the initiative and the man behind the league, Reverend Michael Pfleger.
Tio Hardiman, director of CeaseFire Illinois, says part of the solution to reducing crime in Chicago begins with understanding that violence is model behavior and a matter of public health.
He's supportive of the remarks President Obama made while visiting his town, which addressed the problems with crime there and throughout the country.
Hardiman's focus isn't on challenging gun laws, but on showing young people that they have a choice about their path in life.
"We have a Sandy Hook incident in Chicago every 30 days," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "We have to change the way people think. We have generations of people that grew up in this culture of violence in Chicago."
Police announce arrests and charges in connection with the death of Chicago 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton.
CNN's Ted Rowlands reports on the arrests and the teen's family reacts to the news.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
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