Hundreds of Rogers Park and Edgewater neighbors gathered at the intersection of Devon and Glenwood Avenues Wednesday evening to pay tribute to Wil Lewis, the victim of Saturday’s shooting, and demonstrate our community’s resilience in the face of such a senseless tragedy.
Police estimated over 600 people attended the event and march, which was organized by Rogers Park Positive Loitering, a group of neighborhood residents who gather together several evenings each month to stroll through the neighborhood and by their presence deter crime. The march stretched for five city blocks.
Alderman Harry Osterman, St. Gertrude’s Pastor Rev. Dominic Grassi and St. Ignatius Pastor Rev. Joe Jackson joined Rogers Park Positive Loitering’s John Warner and me in leading the march.
As one march attendee stated in an interview, “Violence usually is something that tears down neighborhoods and so we wanted to come out here to show that it is actually strengthening ours and can now help us become a bigger, better neighborhood:”
Wil Lewis’ family has established a memorial fund. According to the fund’s website, “donations will be used for funeral costs and to start scholarships for college-bound kids who have worked hard to make their dreams come true.” To donate, click on the link below:
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