Last Friday was fairly typical for an after-school day at the Dawson house. Typical meaning the house on Mulberry Court was packed with teenagers, friends of the Dawson boys--Todd, 18; Dustin, 17; and Mike, 15, all Lincoln-Way East High School students.
"They hang here," said Julie Dawson, mother of eight. "I let them come to my house because I know what they're doing, I know that they're safe, I know it's a safe place to hang. ... It was just a normal day."