a memorial at the site of Ludjana Dido's death
Monday night, I went to photograph the site of 20-year-old Ludjana Dido's death at 2700 W Roscoe. From what I understand there was a gang fight and in the melee, Dido was struck by a car several times and killed. She was 5 1/2 months pregnant. At first glance, the area where this happened seemed so unlikely. 2700 W Roscoe sits at the end of a street that dead ends into the river. Almost directly across from the police station off Western Ave. At the dead end, there is a construction zone and most of the area is blocked off by high fences. On both sides of the street are office buildings. It doesn't seem like a likely place for gangs to clash with each other, but the longer I was there photographing, the more foot traffic I noticed. Just beyond the construction zone there is a park, it's hard to tell that it's there because of all the fences etc. It made a bit more sense after that discovery. When I was finishing up photographing there, a car full of 20 something year old guys pulled up with a bag full of firecrackers. Each had there own 40oz malted liquor bottle. They called out to me and told me not to leave just because of them. I took a few more photos, but I was done anyway.