Two people were fatally shot and another 10 were injured this weekend on the city’s West Side in Humboldt Park, where the community came together for the annual Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade.
“The celebration that was taking place over the weekend, it’s a family affair,” said Adam Alonso, CEO of the Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development, or BUILD. “So to have violence erupt during what should be a family time, it’s hurtful and scary and frustrating and makes people worried.”
Alonso said his group is working alongside other anti-violence organizations to provide services to the community, from therapy to summer camps.
“As someone who’s been doing community work for over 25 years now, I still believe that engaging, deeply investing in our schools, neighborhood, jobs,” Alonso said. “That is the way that you help to build stronger, safer neighborhoods.”