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With gun violence at a high this summer Chicago has gotten a lot of bad press over the last few months. This spurred The Interrupters and Father Michael Pfleger to sponsor a Peace Basketball Tournament at his church, Saint Sabina on Chicago’s south side on 9/22/2012. Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Isaiah Thomas were among the NBA notables from past and present that attended the event. Also Taj Gipson and some of the Luv-A-Bulls attended the event too.
The event was put together to bring rival gang members together and show them that life has much more to offer than the streets that they live and die for. They hoped that this would show them that they have things in common and it could help quell some of the violence and it went off without any problems.
According to the organizers, the tournament was just the start and they hope to do other things in the future to help get gang members off street corners and back into productive society.
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On a sad note, Chicago’s gun violence has claimed the life of a former Ceasefire member who was found shot in the back on the 1200 block of East 65th St, on Tuesday night. Marlon Lee who was 36, from Chicago Heights, worked with the group off and on for a year and a half to help to stamp out violence in Chicago. Read more here