Residents Speak out About Violent Crimes in The Area Following the Death of 8-Year-Old Arbrie Anthony (1)

Residents Speak out About Violent Crimes in The Area Following the Death of 8-Year-Old Arbrie Anthony

Following the death of Arbrie Anthony, an 8-year-old girl, residents speak out about violent crime in the area.

CSU/ Dogwood Terrace residents are now speaking out about the neighborhood’s persistent violence. Arbrie Anthony, an eight-year-old girl, was killed in the most recent shooting.

“I go to the grocery store and am lucky to make it home,” Frank Clay remarked.

“There’s always something going on,” Marie Brown said. “It’s gone from grown people acting like fools to youngsters carrying firearms.”

“A lot of folks got shot and everything out here,” Robins Atkins said.

People who live on Dogwood Terrace refer to it as the “Southside,” and they tell NewsChannel 6 that crime in the

area has reached new heights, but that it wasn’t always like this. “Everything was delicious when it was Southside,” Frank Clay said.

Frank Clay has been a resident for over 20 years. He recalls a time when the Southside was a desirable location.

“I grew up on Grand Boulevard, and we used to come over here to play ball.” Enjoy yourself. Now everyone is coming in from this location, that place, and things have started to change,” Clay explained.

Robin Atkins claims to have noticed the difference as well.  “It has a lot to do with these young lads,” she says.

In 1982, Robin moved in. She claims that the neighborhood has deteriorated over the last 40 years and that it may be time to start afresh.

“I just don’t know; I think they should just demolish Southside and reassemble us somewhere else.” I’m not sure where we’re going, but I believe Southside should be demolished.”

Marie Brown showed CSU around her house, which has cameras on multiple doors and windows. “I have them on all of the doors,” she remarked, “and I don’t feel safe.”

Brown has lived in Dogwood for four years and blames a lack of police presence for the neighborhood’s recurrent criminality.

“Don’t come out here merely to see the cameras when anything awful happens.” “You need officers or someone on off-duty patrol out here all the time,” she remarked.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to our requests for information on the Arbrie case. As of this writing, they are still requesting anyone with information to contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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