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Hudson: 'Just stop, stop the violence'

"We got together at a vigil the day after Thanksgiving [2002] and prayed," Senner said. "There wasn't violence for several months after. People getting together and praying, it's transformative."

However, many neighbors that continued to walk by didn't show support to the group's cause.

Noticing the many local residents minding their business, Hudson said, "that's the problem, they're minding their business until it's them and then they want the community to have a feeling for them."

A man living in the same multi-family home as the Snyder family exited his front door and lit a cigarette while brushing the snow off his car and moving it to the other side of the street.

"We can't keep minding our own business," Hudson said. "You now what, it is my business, it's all our business."

Father John Schopfer of the Brady Faith Center on the South Side said this was one of many vigils he has attended, and although families of victims do not always participate, the act can be consoling.

"Obviously you cannot change what happened, but we can at least recognize that it's important and not just pass it by," Schopfer said.

Two women walked past the vigil talking to each other. They walked by again after stopping at the corner store to pick up a few items.

Another neighbor called down to a friend on the street from his second story while the group was saying the Our Father prayer, toward the end of the vigil.

"There needs to be a collaborative effort," Hudson said on the community's fight against gun violence. "Not one entity is going to do this by itself."

Within the group at the vigil, there were two mothers who had lost children to gun violence. All the vigil attendants share Hudson's hope for a safer community without mindless killings.

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