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Community gathers to figure out how to combat local violence

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Elkhart resident Kerry Neely says people in his neighborhood need to start doing something.  Something about the crime.  "When you're speaking to people in your community and they're saying they just want to stay in their house and close their doors, that's not right."

That's why attended a meeting at Mary Beck Elementary School Sunday to talk about forming a neighborhood association in the Middlebury/Tipton area.  "We should all be able to sit on our front porches and look up and down our street and not see bad things happening," said Neely.

The meeting was organized by La Casa.  Community Organizer Jason Moreno says he's helped form neighborhood associations in other parts of Elkhart and this area has been on his radar. But recent events made it a top priority.  "We started to expedite things a little bit given the situation that happened at the Middlebury street store."  He's talking about the deadly shootings at Saleh's Market just over a week ago.

The incident was discussed at the meeting Sunday along with several other neighborhood problems.  "Primarily it seems to be an issue of safety and activity for the youth," said Moreno.

Moreno said the issues will be addressed if people keep coming to the meetings and giving a voice to their neighborhood. "Everything big starts with something small"

Neely agrees, this will work if his neighbors work at it with him.  "The more people you have behind something, the more momentum you can have and the more changes you can make."

The next meeting for the Middlebury Tipton neighborhood will be Sunday October 20th at 4 p.m. at Mary Beck Elementary School.

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