FAYETTEVILLE -- Tuesday marked the fourth homicide reported by Fayetteville police this month. Yellow tape and police cars lined up outside a home off Gardenia Drive marking the eighth homicide reported this year.
"In this case, mental health issues, drugs, crime violence in general, domestic violence play a big role in these types of crimes and until we as a city, as a state, as a nation address those issues, we will continue to have problems,” said Lt. Chris Davis of the Fayetteville Police Department.
The Fayetteville Police Department says from January 2011 to May of last year, eight homicides were also reported, matching this year. Stella Mullen, the president of the Massey Hill Community Watch group, says her neighborhood was once a crime-ridden place, but since the watch group formed it's much different.
"We had a lot of drugs, prostitution, a lot of theft, and when we built the community watch u and we are still constantly trying to build it up, we learned to talk to our neighbors, find out their routine, their schedule, this cars belongs there, this one doesn't," she said. "Little details that help in combating crime."
Community watch groups can not only aid in preventing criminal activity, but they can aid in solving crimes that have already happened. Fayetteville police says all of the homicides reported so far this year are from various areas of Fayetteville, making it tough to pinpoint the crime to one place.
"There are so many factors that go into a homicide. [It] could be a crime of passion, could be drug involved, could be mental health issues, so there can be so many variables it is hard to predict where and when you would have a homicide,” said Davis.
Even sill, Mullen is confident their hard work will prevent instances like this in their front yards.