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Residents at apartment complex gather to get to know their neighbors
AVONDALE, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- An area with a troubled past pulls together to make the neighborhood safer.
Two people were shot and killed on Irving Street in Avondale earlier in 2014 in the Colonial Village apartment complex.
Community activists put together Know Your Neighbor Day in response to the drug activity and violence. The message was clear that neighbors want to make it safer for the people who live in Colonial Village.
The afternoon started with plenty of activities for children, games, food and music.
Earlier in 2014, police were spending more time in Colonial Village on Irving Street than normal. There were two murders on the street in January within a week of each of other. Community activists were already building trust with neighbors when the violence started.
On Saturday they had them sign pledges that they would work as a group to keep things safe. They've also been connecting the people who live there with job resources to improve the quality of life.
"It's important because that's in order to spread unity in the community," says Sheron Evans, the community organizer.
"So we all have to be neighborly. This is order for us to get along, communicate well. Most of the kids here attend Rockdale Academy and they play together. We want them to feel safe about playing together, and we wanted the neighbors here to be more neighborly," she says.
After the shootings in January, police and neighbors had serious talks with the landlords that run Colonial Village. That led to several evictions to get people causing problems out of the apartment complex.
Community organizers are putting together block clubs to organize more peace events for residents.
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