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Chicago communities come together to combat violence

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

'National Night Out' events happen throughout the city and suburbs, and it's all about bringing the community together.

In Bronzeville on Tuesday, the event meant so much more as residents combat the violence at home.

Tatanisha Robinson was shot at just a few days ago. She wasn't injured, but her friend was hit in the side.

“I just hope for it all to stop, really, I do. Because it's not only affecting me, it's affecting my family, like it's hard for us to sleep now," Robinson said.

Many people complained about nobody coming forward to tell police who is responsible for the violence. Kyia Jacox, who lost her 14-year-old cousin, is hopeful events like the one in Bronzeville might change all that.

"I feel like if somebody see something or hear something, don't be afraid, just speak out. Tell somebody so we can work together as a team. So that everything can get done as a people. There's a lot going on right now and I feel that we should work together as one,” Jacox said.

That social norm was broken in one case after the shooting death of 28-year-old photographer Wil Lewis.

His wife, Maria, posted on his fundraising page and said, "Thankfully many people used their cell phones and were able to get pictures of everyone involved. I was told there were multiple civilians that rushed to help Wil, so he was not alone.”

Three people have been arrested for their involvement in Lewis' murder.

Residents in Bronzeville continue to hope that more people will come out of the shadows when shootings occur in order to help solve the crimes.

“It’s nice for all of us to get out here without having it be a funeral," Robinson added.

'National Night Out' is just that; it’s a night out for communities to not feel fear, to come together and stand up to neighborhood violence.

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