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Mayor Emanuel joins parents to remember children lost to violence

Updated: December 3, 2011 8:25AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined with parents on the South Side Tuesday night to remember 263 schoolchildren killed by violence in the city in recent years.

“I want you to know your city is with you, you are not alone,” Emanuel told an audience packed with visibly grieving survivors.

The mayor made the opening remarks at Faith Community of Saint Sabina Church, the first church selected to host one of the five memorial events that will take place across the city. The events conclude on Sunday at Hyde Park Union Church.

The somber memorial known as “Urban Dolorosa” included singing, poetry, photography and a candlelight vigil in the streets surrounding St. Sabina, 1210 West 78th Pl. At the program, the mayor said he personally calls the family of every victim of gun violence.

“I’ve seen the promise of Chicago, this is a strong city, a loving city and a caring city,” Emanuel said. “I want everybody to know in this city, if there is gun violence, it is not over there. It is not down there. If it happens in our city, it is part of your community regardless of where of you live.”

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