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After Recent Crimes, Richmond Residents Demand Safer Neighborhoods

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Councilwoman Reva Trammell says her top priority is to make streets in her district safer. Councilwoman Reva Trammell says her top priority is to make streets in her district safer.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - People in a Southside Richmond neighborhood are demanding a safer community one week after a young boy was murdered.

Marty Cobb was killed last Thursday night on Brandon Road.  His sister was violently attacked.  

It happened in an area of the city where violence in common and residents who live there say they're had enough.

Police say they've increased patrols on the Southside of the city and Councilwoman Reva Trammell says her top priority is to make streets in her district safer.

"They're saying enough is enough and we're not gonna stand for this," said Trammell.  "We're not gonna stand for this!"

Several neighbors, who didn't want to be identified, told ABC 8News that they want the city to clean the neighborhood.

One longtime resident told us he hears gunshots so often he doesn't even check to see where they're coming from.

Thursday evening police were called to King's Supermarket on Keswich Avenue for the second time in a day and that's when neighbors spoke up.

"I think we need more police patrols," said one neighbor.

Another told us his street has become so dangerous that he put up a fence after someone let their pitbulls into his yard and they killed his dog.

We're told the owner of Kings Supermarket say things have gotten so bad they've had to hire off duty police officers to stand in front of the store as a deterrent for any potential crime.

Trammell plans to hold a community meeting next week to talk about crime and she has another one scheduled with the city's police chief.

She's asking people in her district to step up.

"Thank God that we have citizens that are coming together," said Trammell.  "We gotta do more.  The police can't do it by themselves and we've got to do more for little Marty."

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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