Silent March Through Downtown Chicago Marks City's Deadliest Year in Decades

Marchers carried white crosses for each person killed this year.

A spike in homicides this year has made 2016 the city's deadliest in nearly 20 years. Authorities say more than 760 people were killed in Chicago in 2016, up from the fewer than 500 homicides in the city last year.

Among the victims is 17-year-old Elijah Jones, who was gunned down on December 6 in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. Jones' grandmother walked in the march Saturday holding a cross with his name, according to ABC station WLS-TV.

The crosses will be placed in an empty lot on the city’s South Side following the march against violence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.