A man who identified himself as the cousin of a person who was killed on the 2500 block of South Ridgeway Avenue late Saturday night shows his emotion at the scene of the crime. (Anthony Souffle / Chicago Tribune) MORE PHOTOS
The eruption of violence – the three men shot on Ridgeway were among more than two dozen shot overnight Saturday – brought out dozens of hard-faced young men in gang colors, exchanging handshakes and gang signs. It may also have prompted another shooting less than a mile away while police were still investigating Herrera's death.
The two young girls and their mothers stood near an iron fence with a sliding gate across from where Herrera lay, their access to the body limited by yellow tape and police officers whose job it was to make sure nobody came inside. Those officers were tested a handful of times, each instance drawing the ire of detectives closer to the body.
South of their home, the bottom eight feet of a brick wall had been painted brown to cover gang graffiti; it must have been done recently since it remained free of writing. As the dozens of mourners and friends stood quietly outside the crime scene under an almost-clear sky, someone near Pulaski Road squeezed off three or four shots – then paused – and shot twice more.
"Sergeant, you hear that?" asked an officer, his gloved hand holding his radio.
The supervisor nodded and waited for a break in the constant chatter to call in the gunfire – "This is ten-fifty Robert, we're getting loud reports over here, three to four blocks east."