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Evanston gathers to remember Carl Dennison, the senior of Niles North High School, who was killed when a gas station was shot on Green Bay Road

EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) – Just yards from where a 17-year-old boy was killed and four other teenagers were shot at a gas station in Evanston on Sunday night, a grieving ward rallied to take a stand against violence.

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“I know we believe our children deserve a future,” said Evanston Police District 202 Supt. Eric Witherspoon said.

Carl Dennison was killed. He was a 17 year old senior at Niles North High School.

“This is crazy. It should never happen. He’s too young,” said Perez Lyles, who attended the Evanston NAACP-sponsored community meeting.

Lyles said Dennison would always smile and make others laugh.

“Opportunities and actions need to be supported and others created that are specifically targeted at adolescents and young adults at risk,” said Rev. Michael Nabors, Evanston NAACP.

The other victims were two teenage males and two teenage females, ages 14-18. One is still in critical condition.

Members of Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change were among the first at the scene of the shooting on Sunday evening. They said it was the result of a conflict that was fought on social media.

“Social media are the ones that stretch the situation, and now everyone is caught up in that web,” said Ralph Edwards of Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change.

They met with Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss early Wednesday to discuss a strategy to prevent violence.

“We have to use this pain as a call to action,” said Biss.

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