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Tifton neighborhoods and police on alert

October 1, 2005

Tifton- Neighbors in the Town & Country Mobile Home Park in Tifton are on guard Saturday night. Several people have given police information on the suspect and until they are caught residents won't have an easy time sleeping at night.

The Town & Country Mobile Home Park is usually filled with neighbors chatting outside, but after five Mexican men were murdered and at least six others injured early Friday morning, this neighborhood is empty.

"Lately kids when they come home from school or on Saturday they're outside playing and you don't see nobody outside now," said one resident.

Measures are being taken to protect residents.

"The Sheriff and the Chief have both stepped up uniform patrols in all the trailer parks," said Special Agent Mike Lewis, GBI.

It's making many nervous and frightened in their own yards.

"The truth, yeah," said one woman. However, residents remain doubtful they'll see the help they need.

"People say the police aren't really going to do anything because we're Mexican," said another resident.

They say if Saturday is any reflection of Friday night they won't be satisfied.

"Since last night after the GBI we haven't seen not one, I seen one today and that's it," said a local woman.

The GBI, FBI, Marshall service, local police and the sheriff's office say they're working this case around the clock to find several people believed responsible.

"We have a large number of investigators, both federal, state and local following leads at this time," said Lewis.

The Hispanic Community will meet with the mayor Sunday at one at Our Divine Savior Church to discuss their concerns.

Agents encourage residents, if they've seen anything suspicious to contact the Tifton Police Department. They say they need the citizen support in this investigation.

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