Community comes together to make neighbors alert

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Updated: 3/26/2012 10:04 am Published: 3/24/2012 10:29 pm

People living around the Strait family are concerned for the safety in their neighborhood after the senseless and deadly attack on Bob and Nancy Strait two weeks ago. 

Their neighbors, Diane Johnson, Myron Washington, Ashley Wheeler, and a few others teamed together on Saturday and passed out fliers to their community about starting an Alert Neighborhood program with Tulsa’s crime commissioner. 

“By losing Miss Nancy, it's like losing a part of our family,” said Johnson.  “We have talked about it.  We've prayed about it.  We've cried about it.  It's just unbelievable that something like this would happen on our street.”

The fliers included a message that said pray for Nancy and Bob Strait and said “The Gone are Never Forgotten.” 

Dozens of neighbors were so moved by what Johnson’s team was doing that they wanted to become more involved and asked to help hand out fliers. 

“They came outside,” said Washington. 

“Cars were stopping,” said Johnson. 

“We had people talking,” said Washington.  “Even around the corner, they were saying, ‘I wish our neighborhood was more involved.’”

Many neighbors did not even know who the Straits were and expressed their condolences to Mr. Strait over the last two weeks. 

“It is such a blessing to come here together as a family and as a neighborhood to share the love and let them know we care,” said a neighbor who had never met the Straits, Ashley Wheeler. 

After a couple hours of handing out fliers under the hot sunshine, the neighbors started to decorate the Strait’s front tree with flowers, balloons, gifts, cards, and a large painted cross that everyone signed their names on. 

“I know that Miss Nancy is in heaven,” said Johnson. 

The neighbors will meet next week with the crime commission to start their program and learn how the program works in the community.

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Unwashed Mass - 3/25/2012 5:38 PM
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Hopefully they are no longer giving useless advice like installing security lighting to thwart daytime burglaries.

watchdog11 - 3/25/2012 3:47 PM
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You all better watch who you allow to patrol the neighborhood.
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