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Posted: 4:32 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013
By Mark Becker
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Take a walk with Ike Huey through the High Meadow condominiums on Farmhurst Drive and you can't help but notice the shadows. "I was living right here when the killing happened," Huey says as he points toward the condominium where police found four people killed on March 24, 2008. The shadows from that quadruple murder have haunted this community for years. Police have not made arrests in the case and the pictures of the victims -- four men and a woman -- are posted on the front door of a local convenience store. But Huey, who has been living with the shadows of his own criminal past, wasn't about to give up on his community. "You can't never let hope die. Hope's always got to stay alive," Huey says. And hope is alive on the walls of a brightly painted room that Huey and a group of churches are turning into a computer lab for children in the community. "Look at her. A smile. It's beautiful outside. The pictures just speak hope," says Dr. Peter Wherry, president of the United Missionary Baptist Association as he looks at a child's drawing posted on the wall. The group of 59 churches has set up offices in a house near the High Meadow condominiums and they have reached out to the community. "I looked around and saw possibility, and I still see a lot of promise," says Wherry. Police say the promise of a safer community is already there. "It wasn't unusual to pull in here and see groups of 10 to 15 people here just loitering.," says Lt. Mark Santaniello as he stands outside the condominium where the murders happened. Santaniello says both violent and property crime have dropped significantly in the community that he has worked in for more than six years can feel the difference. "Yes. I would tell anyone to move here," says Huey. Finally, the shadows are fading.
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