Community garden being built at Fairmont Terrace

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Reported by: Janna Clark
Updated: 4/22/2013 5:20 pm Published: 4/22/2013 2:38 pm

The neighborhood where four women were killed is fighting to stop crime.

Three months ago, 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson were shot and killed at the Fairmont Terrace apartments.

Two brothers are charged in their deaths. Neighbors tell FOX23’s Janna Clark that in the months since the deaths they have been afraid, but they’re hoping a freshly dug garden will be a new start to make their neighborhood safer.

“I didn’t know what was going on… we’ve had stabbings, we’ve had shootings, we’ve had robberies,” one neighbor described the area to FOX23.

A Lawn America crew will give a day of service to build 32 hundred square feet of fresh dirt.

“Fairmont Terrace has been all over the news and it's really stimulated a lot of people to try to do something about it,”said Lawn America team leader Brad Johnson.

Then, it will be up to the neighbor’s to create a community garden.

Some are more excited than others, Judy Patrick took a look at the progress, but told FOX23 she hasn’t felt safe in the four years she’s lived there.

To make the garden work, organizers say neighbors will have to come outside, talk to each other and work together. They hope working on the garden together will help create more unity in the area.

The OSU Extension will teach neighbors how to garden on Thursday and then they should be able to start planting seeds next week.

Cedric and James Poore have pleaded not guilty to the Fairmont Terrace murders; a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 23rd.

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