Wednesday evening, at least four churches and four other local groups came together to call for peace after a homicide in Webster.
The body of Paris Pierre Von Hill, 20, was found last Saturday near Federal Boulevard and 47th Street.
Community leaders joined some of the victim’s friends at New Harvest Christian Fellowship in Oak Park to talk about getting involved in the lives of troubled youth before it’s too late.
“When you see these young people on the street, have the courage to walk up to them and say, 'good morning, how are you doing?' Shock them,” said Associate Pastor Rene Colon of City of Hope International. “We can’t just move on with our lives and forget there's people who need our help.”
NBC 7 spoke to close friends of the victim who say they are devastated and confused.
“He got along with everybody. I don't understand how this could happened,” said longtime friend Jessica White.
White visited the makeshift memorial near Federal Boulevard to pay her respects.
White and another close friend told NBC 7 that Hill had children and also a baby on the way.
Police have not released a suspect description. Witnesses at the scene in Webster said there was a fight before the shooting. Two men were seen leaving the area in a gray, four-door sedan.
Police are still trying to determine if this killing was gang-related. They’re asking anyone with information to come forward.