01/05/2012 03:07 pm ET Updated Mar 06, 2012

Pastor Breaking Rooftop Vigil For Funerals

Rev. Corey Brooks has been on the ground only once in the six weeks since he began living, praying and preaching from a tent pitched on the windswept roof of a vacant motel, in his effort to raise money to build a youth center in his troubled South Side neighborhood.

Brooks descended from the rooftop in early December to spend three hours consoling a mother whose teenage son had been killed earlier that day in a drive-by shooting. Then the 42-year-old pastor hurried back up to the tent that has become a touchstone for the neighborhood and a whistle-stop for political activists and politicians since his vigil began on Nov. 22.

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