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Crime ridden neighborhood fighting back

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lisa Hutson) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lisa Hutson)
MT. AIRY, OH (FOX19) -

A neighborhood with a reputation as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city is fighting back.

Hawaiian Terrace in Mt. Airy is a dead end street lined with apartment buildings that residents say has grown into a hotbed for crime over the last few years. Sunday, another shooting claimed the life of 24-year-old Rashawn Hill in the 5000 block.

"He got kids. He got a mother, sister, brother, he got kids, babies that haven't even been born yet. Whoever did this to my nephew please turn yourself in. Please!" pleaded his aunt on Tuesday.

"I can't take it. My family can't take it. There are a lot of people out here that lost loved ones. They can't take it. This has got to stop. All this shooting has got to stop,” said Markell Colyer, Hill's cousin.

In December, a group of concerned citizens formed the Forest Ridge Resident Council with the purpose of making Hawaiian Terrace a better place to live. Residents say street lights and speed bumps could make all the difference.

"Alot of times I'm afraid to go in certain parts of the area because it's too dark,” said Monique Johnson, a resident of Hawaiian Terrace for 8 years.

"They got lights inside the parking lot but as far as the street, it looks like a country road so if somebody shoots somebody and get up out of here, nobody can tell what happened because there are no lights on the street at all,” said Kamisha Webster, President of the Forest Ridge Resident Council.

Residents say they have asked the city for street lights and speed bumps along Hawaiian Terrace but so far they've received little help. The resident council is hosting a meeting on Thursday to once again ask officials to help make their community safer.

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