Fighting back: Chicagoans combat crime without violence

Fighting back: Chicagoans combat crime without violence

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Unfortunately, violence has been a trend in the city of Chicago. But that trend is prompting people to step up and fight back, without violence.

The violence in the city has some locals talking about moving out of the city to get away from the crime. Others are fighting back by talking about it - or rather, rapping about it.

Thirteen year old rapper Ivory Taylor, or Lil Hommy, sings about the violence in Chicago while wearing "sad clown" makeup.

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Lil Hommy says he raps as a sad clown because he sees children killing children and even adults killing children.

"I tried to get to the point and make the terrorists realize what they are doing," Lil Hommy told FOX 32's Anita Padilla.

Lil Hommy's father was killed four days after he made the sad clown video. He says he remembers his father as a mentor.

But Lil Hommy said being a positive rapper isn't easy or always well-received. He said his peers at school are more into rap that isn't as positive as his music.

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"I want to tell the kids, don't do drugs and stay in school."

Safe Haven is a program that keeps children busy in the summer from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. with anti-bullying tactics, conflict resolution programs, sports, arts and crafts, and trips. Officials expect enrollment numbers for the program will increase the summer due to the number of parents concerned for their child's safety.

Reverand Renaldo Kyles, the director of the program for CPS, says Safe Haven has seen a tremendous growth over the last five years. He says 110 churches participate in the summer program.

One local mother is going one step further to keep her family safe. She is moving her family completely out of Chicago.

Myiesha Stauling lives in the Chatham neighborhood. She told FOX 32 she had enough when her block was roped off last month because of the violence.

"That was the last straw. That is what made me decide to move my family out of Chicago. It has gotten so bad my children can't even come out to play," Stauling said. 

Stauling has four children, ages 10 to 15. She says she is looking for a hom ein either Indiana or Minnesota. 

"I am willing to do what I have to do for my kids. It's  not fair that they have to stay in the house 24 hours. When they go to school I have to walk them to school. We pray every day that nothing happens," she said. 

Stauling's 15-year-old daughter said she has nightmares about the violence.

A retired homicide detective told FOX 32's Anita Padilla he is amazed at how crime in Chicago has grown over the years. He says police today face problems officers did not have to deal with in the past, like social media.

The former detective on the south side says changing the culture in Chicago has to begin at home.

"You have to have parents who are actively involved. What happens is that you have children raising children. There is a moral decay in our community, they want to blame everybody else," he said.

He went on to say heat has everything to do with crime in Chicago. When people don't have air conditioning they go outside and get in confrontations with people.

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