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Warm weather brings killings, and more killings bring more vigils

Monica Hresil stood forlornly Saturday afternoon on a West Lawn street corner holding a photo of her 18-year-old son murdered there on his way home from school more than five years ago.

Surrounding her were family, friends and mothers of other young Chicago murder victims, who came to pay tribute to David Hresil’s memory and to help leaflet the neighborhood yet again seeking information about his killer.

No matter where they live, Chicagoans have come to understand in recent years that the warm weather brings the start of the killing season in many city neighborhoods, as it did this past weekend.

Less appreciated is that it’s also the start of the vigil season, as survivors of murder victims — solved and unsolved — hold sidewalk ceremonies to remind the public of their loss.