Valdosta neighborhood reacts to two recent violent crimes

Valdosta neighborhood reacts to two recent violent crimes
Many of the residents in the neighborhood said that crime in this area does not come as a surprise.

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - One Valdosta woman is pleading with her community to come together, after reports that one man was shot, and another was stabbed in her neighborhood.

Many of the residents in the neighborhood said that crime in this area does not come as a surprise.

One woman told WALB that this was not the neighborhood’s first shooting and that it certainly will not be the last.

Another woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said that she just moved out here. She said that the crime is new to her, but she is not too worried but she said that the community needs to connect more to stop crime.

“I feel kind of bad because they’re doing it in front of a school," she said. “You shouldn’t be doing it period, but you can’t stop violence. It’s going to happen; you just have to control it."

In the same neighborhood is a church, a children’s park, and the Horne Learning Center.

Keith Hose, Horne Learning Center principal, said that the violence in the community has never affected their facility.

Horne Learning Center (Source: WALB)
Horne Learning Center (Source: WALB)

“I can assure that students are safe in building in our school, haven’t had any incident from incidents that have occurred in the community," he added.

Hose said that they have many precautions like surveillance cameras and a campus police officer as preventative measures.

WALB reached out to the Valdosta Police Department to see if they had any special plans for the area, but they declined to comment.

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