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A Year Apart, Blood Washed Away From Same Street Corner

 A maintenance worker washes away the blood of Keno Glass (l.) in April 2014. Firefighters wash away the blood of a shooting victim about a year later on the same corner Monday.
A maintenance worker washes away the blood of Keno Glass (l.) in April 2014. Firefighters wash away the blood of a shooting victim about a year later on the same corner Monday.
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DNAinfo/Benjamin Woodard

ROGERS PARK — It was a familiar scene Monday at a troubled corner north of Howard Street.

Just like a year ago, a blood stain was washed from the sidewalk in front of a four-story apartment building at the southeast corner of Ashland Avenue and Jonquil Terrace.

A man was shot twice in his back there Monday and was listed in critical condition, police said.

About 4 p.m., a fire engine arrived and firefighters opened a hydrant to wash the pool of blood staining the concrete.

A Chicago Police Department blue-light camera flashed overhead as the men worked at the stubborn blood with a broom.

Ben Woodard describes the moment he realized it was the same spot:

In April 2014, the building's manager did the same thing — using a red-bristled push broom and buckets of water.

The blood last year belonged to 16-year-old Keno Glass, who was killed in a drive-by shooting. Friends described Glass as undeserving of his fate.

For one lifelong north of Howard resident who lives across the street from the corner, the gang violence is nothing new.

The resident, who declined to be named, said Monday the neighborhood had been improving, "but the gangs are really putting a hole in it."

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