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UPDATE: Neighbors concerned after body found on South Bend Porch

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A startling discovery for a South Bend woman, it happened in the 500 block of West Marion Street, Monday morning. She called police after she found a man who looked like he was passed out on her front porch. Turns out, it was much worse than that. Police say he'd been shot to death.

"I heard I think two to three gunshots around midnight [or] 1:00am," says Melanie Stump, who lives in the neighborhood.

Stump was awakened by those gunshots early Monday morning but fell back to sleep. She was surprised by what she learned when she got up in the morning.

"This is like the first time I can ever remember something like this happening in this neighborhood since I moved in," says Stump. That was back in 1988.

St. Joseph County Metro Homicide says 49-year-old Edward Kleinwaechter was shot and killed.
He was found on the front porch of a home when the woman living there was trying to leave in the morning.

"I feel bad for that poor woman. I do," says Stump. "I feel bad for the poor woman."

Neighbor Angela Taylor is new to the block. "I'm just glad I didn't see it for myself, or my kids, or something." She says she put her kids on the bus Monday morning and didn't notice anything unusual.

Not long after, "I looked out my window, and I saw the police." says Taylor. "I just thought they pulled someone over, and then I came all the way outside, and I noticed that something bad happened."

Taylor says the situation has shaken her. "I am concerned," she says. "I've got five kids living here. I'm just going to make sure I keep my doors locked."

Meanwhile, Stump says she'll certainly be more aware of her surroundings, but she won't make any drastic changes.

"As far as feeling unsafe, I don't feel any different than I normally do," says Stump. "I'm not letting anything like that force me to move. I like where I live."

FOX28 spoke with the woman who discovered the man on her porch. By phone, she said she doesn't know anything about the victim or about what happened.

Metro Homicide is continuing to investigate.  Anyone with information is asked to call 574-235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP (7867).

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