Blooming Edmonton

After eleven years in Japan, I’ve often thought April is a kind of pseudo-winter in Edmonton. It’s been quite a while since I experienced the prairie spring. But it’s been quite warm this year. And today, I saw this:

Pink flowers on a tree. It looks kind of like a cherry, but they don’t bloom until May here. I’m not sure what it is. Any ideas?

I also saw this:

I wonder what happened here. A rock? A fight? A punch? A drunken stumble?