On the Way to Work: Don’t Let a Chalk Outline Happen to You

After my 2 minute “I’m running so late I have to drive to work” commute, I saw on the sidewalk while walking to campus a chalk outline on the ground and the accompanying text “don’t let this happen to you.”

Now, while I think everyone understands the general meaning, I don’t think anyone really knows the true one.  “In general, try not to be killed” is about all I can get out of it.   Is it killed in a certain way?  Has there been a murder recently on that street (there was a stabbing elsewhere actually over the weekend, but somewhere else).  And what advice does that drawing give on how to avoid becoming a chalk outline?

Any, by the way, chalk outlines don’t “happen” to people.  They happen after people die.

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