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Neighbors outraged as toddler, 3 teens killed in weekend violence: 'This is a horrific Father's Day. This 3-year-old baby lost his life'

CHICAGO - Neighbors congregated on a corner in the 600 block of North Central Avenue on Sunday afternoon to denounce the weekend's overnight violence, including the shooting death of 3-year-old Mekhi James.

"A line was crossed," said the Rev. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church. "This is a horrific Father's Day. This 3-year-old baby lost his life. ... I could not pastor this community and not say something."

Joined by other faith and community leaders, neighbors filled the sidewalk to remember and mourn the children killed. A driver passed by the corner of the street and yelled in support of the city to "put the guns down!"

Acree referenced recent George Floyd protests against police brutality and voiced concerns about the

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