Neighbors from both sides of Howard Street have gathered today near the scene of a fatal shooting last week to protest violence in the neighborhood.

The event began with a joint roll call of Chicago and Evanston police officers at Howard and Custer at 4 p.m. and is continuing into the evening with a “positive presence” gathering at Howard and Elmwood — across the street from the fatal shooting scene on the Chicago side of the border.

8th Ward Alderman Ann Rainey Evanston mayor-elect Elizabeth Tisdahl and Michele Hays of Brummel Park Neighbors joined representatives of the Rogers Park Network 2424 crime prevention group and Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther on Howard Street.

Event organizer Michele Hays of Brummel Park Neighbors said the residents hope to send a message to criminals in the community that residents will not tolerate the violence.

(Photos by Mike Perlman)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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