The North Shore community came out in full force at Wear Orange, an anti-gun-violence 5K and event Sunday, June 5, in Indian Hill Park in Winnetka.
The event started with a 5K walk or run along Green Bay Trail, for which participants were given small backpacks containing an orange ribbon and a piece of paper with the name of a recent victim of gun violence, either from the tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, or from a shooting in Chicagoland.
“[The event] is really a call to end gun violence,” said Erinn Martin, a co-lead for Moms Demand Action NorthShore. “It is a chance for the survivors of and people who have been taken by gun violence to be remembered.”
Wear Orange is an annual and nationwide initiative formed in 2015 to honor slain Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot in the back in 2015 while standing in a public park. Orange is a nod to the color hunters wear to avoid being shot.
This article originally appeared in The Record North Shore, a local news nonprofit.
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