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How do Chicagoans stay safe on the south side?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The innocence of a child could be seen playing at a park on the far south side of Chicago, Saturday afternoon.

Children run through sprinklers in Fernwood Park trying to cool off on a hot summer day, but, all around them, violence begins to creep in.

"Nowadays you can't even walk across the street, you can't even walk to the corner store, you have to watch your back," 20-year-old student Ivy Sanson said.

"Usually I try not to go out to avoid these problems in Chicago. So I wouldn't have to have someone in my family getting a phone call, like something just happened to your child," 17-year-old high school senior, Loni Murray added.

That phone call had to be made Friday night after a 6-year-old girl was shot in the chest in the 300 block of 105th Street.

A neighbor, Shushana Moore, was there remembering the life of her friend killed by gunfire 5 years ago. She came to the aid of the young girl.

"To see that in your face like that? It'll make you think about your life, like I'm 20 years old and I've got to see my life, but this little baby didn't even get out of, she's in kindergarten! Kindergarten! What did she do?" Moore said.

That is a question that remains on the lips of so many across the Chicago area.

"They was outside, all the kids just riding their bikes and scooters, just having a fun time and that tragedy happened," Moore added.

It is a tragedy that more and more young children are becoming all too familiar with.

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