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Mothers of murdered children rally at St. Sabina

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Updated: June 15, 2012 10:48AM

More than 50 mothers of murdered children spent part of Sunday marching through the South Side’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood to protest the violence that killed their offspring.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Parish led the march as he does every Mother’s Day. He gave each mother a red rose on behalf of their deceased child. He also hugged each one, some with tears welling in their eyes.

“Some mothers, this is their first Mother’s Day without their child and they don’t know what to do,” Pfleger said. “So I let them know that we think about them, care about them, and I don’t want the pain of this day to override them being a mother.”

Samantha Glover marched holding a picture of her son, Darren, 22, who was killed during a home invasion in 2004.

She said she was there to “keep my son’s memory alive.”

Glover and several others in the march belong to a support group called Parents of Murdered Children. “It helps me and other people as well to let them know you’re not alone,” she said.

“I don’t know what’s going to have to happen for any of this to change,” Glover said. “I’ve met people that it has happened to them two times, three times. How they survive, I don’t know. One child damn near killed me.”

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