Guardian Angels, others trying to stop crime in Hillside Court

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Guardian Angels here in Richmond are teaming up with some faith organizations, to turn around the Hillside Court community and stop the crime. It all starts by getting the people who live in this community involved.

"Stop this crime! People can't even walk the streets," said Hillside Court resident Linda Smith.

The boots on the ground from the Guardian Angels, trying to make inroads with the Hillside Court community right in front of our eyes.

"You got to watch your back everywhere you go," adds Linda.

It's crimes like the recent murders, that are rocking the neighborhood. Three people murdered, just a few weeks apart from each other. In fact-- two people killed at once, on New Year's Day. A third person was killed not far away weeks later and a luckily a fourth person who had been shot survived.

So that's where Jo White with the Guardian Angels, and other organizations, come in. There are here to talk to this community and do what the community thinks needs to be done to stop the crime.

"We would like to set up a neighborhood watch here in the community and they seem to be in tune with that," White said.

Patricia Lowe, with Ministries without Walls, has been working in the community for years already. Today, she walked with the Guardian Angels.

"The people want it to happen. It's just a matter of getting everyone on board," Lowe said.

But the group out on Wednesday admits, that's one of the toughest parts of the job. "If everybody plays their part we can make this community a better community," Patricia said.

That is what Linda wants. This, as the Richmond Police Department has stepped up patrols here. Arrests have been made. But investigators are still looking into persons of interest in these recent murders. For now, people here are on board with the angels and these guardians hope that continues by the day.

To get involved with the Guardian Angels, call Jo White at 937-6836.

If you know something about the recent murders, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

We're told there is a meeting set up for March 8th with those Faith Based Organizations. Jo will be able to fill you in, if you want to get involved in that, too.

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