A woman who identified herself as the mother of a man who was killed is held back by police as she is overcome with emotion at the scene of the crime late Saturday night on the 2500 block of South Ridgeway Avenue in Chicago. (Anthony Souffle / Chicago Tribune) MORE PHOTOS
Herrera's mother approached the crime scene and wept. A woman brought a police officer a glass of water, and he passed it to her.
One of Herrera's relatives consoled her at the fence where the young girls had stood earlier, holding her close to his chest as he struggled with his own grief.
Ridgeway and Lawndale avenues function as fluid dividing lines between two gangs that both claim large swaths of the neighborhood, police and area residents said.
The young men at the scene wore their colors and the gear and colors of sports teams most commonly affiliated with one of the gangs – black and yellow, Pittsburgh Pirates, L.A. Kings – and exchanged gang signs and handshakes. One man, in a dark plaid shirt and a baseball cap, moved through the crowd and greeted young men one at a time, speaking with each one for a few moments in hushed tones.