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Security at William Byrd under scrutiny after weekend murder

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The search for a murder suspect continues in Richmond. Early Sunday morning, a man was murdered inside his apartment in the William Byrd Senior Apartments on Broad Street.

Police are looking at surveillance video taken from cameras outside the building, hoping to identify the suspect.

There are more than 100 one-bedroom apartments at William Byrd, and the rooms are 97-percent full.

Floor plans for the rooms show the building touts keypad personal ID entry. There's also an emergency pull-cord system that's monitored 24 hours a day. Security cameras line the outside of the building.

A 13-year resident of the building said she's never heard of anything like this happening before, but she is concerned about security.

"It's pretty good, maybe we could do a little better, but as long as I be in my apartment and I lock myself in with that deadbolt, I feel ok," said Shirley Simmons.

The building used to be known as the Hotel William Byrd. Once the Broad Street station closed in the 70's, the hotel went out of business. It was briefly used by VCU for student housing, and in 1996, it became an apartment building for low-income seniors.

No word from management as to whether it will be making any security changes because of the weekend homicide.

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