Project H.O.O.D.’s Violence Impact Team works to end retaliation killings in the South Side

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CHICAGO – In the middle of a cold December night several weeks ago, Pastor Corey Brooks got a call and knew the news would not be good. A teen had been shot on O-Block on the South Side of Chicago. The shooting took place hundreds of feet away from where the pastor has been holding a 100-day rooftop vigil to raise funds for a community center designed to transform lives. As the rumors flew, the pastor first heard that it was a drive-by shooting, then learned the truth that it was a senseless fight that ended with the pulling of a gun. 

The pastor felt a profound sense of regret that this shooting had not been averted. While he knows he cannot save every life, that does not lessen the pain of seeing a life end so meaninglessly. At the same time, he knew that he could not sit still for long since this killing could lead to more killings if preventive action was not taken. 

The family had just arrived at the hospital where they learned that the time of death had been called for their loved one. The pastor knew that at

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