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October 1st, 2009
07:51 PM ET

Common tries to curb Chicago violence

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more from Common on the violence in Chicago. AC360° 10 p.m. ET.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/09/29/chicago.teen.beating/art.derrion.wls.jpg caption="Derrion Albert, 16, was beaten to death last week. His death was captured on video. "]

Common Ground Foundation

The family of a Chicago teenager whose beating death was caught on video hope that the attention the incident has garnered will spur healing locally, a relative said at a news conference Wednesday evening.

Four suspects have been charged with first-degree murder in the September 24 killing of Albert, and police say they are looking for three more people in connection with the beating captured on videotape.

Prosecutors said that Albert, an honors student, was an innocent bystander who ended up in the middle of a street fight between two factions of students from Fenger High School.

The violence among youth in Chicago seems to go unabated. Over the course of last year's school year, 34 children were killed.

The Common Ground Foundation was created by Hip Hop artist, actor and children’s author Lonnie Rashid Lynn, known as “Common”. Common’s social-conscience message serves as inspiration for equality, opportunity and hope among youth in underserved communities. The Foundation is committed to empowering youth in urban neighborhoods and providing life skills needed to achieve their dreams.

Check out the foundation here.


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