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Neighborhood Watch Set Up in Somer's Neighborhood

6:14 PM, Dec 3, 2009   |    comments
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -  In the midst of the reindeers and Christmas wreaths is the color purple, Somer Thompson's favorite.

"It's still unbelievable, but unfortunately life goes on so we've got to make it the best for the kids who are still here. I think the Christmas decorations will put some happiness into the situation," said Anna Braddy, one of Somer Thompson's neighbors.

It's been six weeks since Somer was abducted from her Orange Park neighborhood and murdered.

Braddy used to walk Somer to school every morning. She said the neighborhood has changed. 

"It's changed for the better. I can say no kids are left out by themselves at all."

Even on a simple walk, neighbors keep an eye out for anything or anyone who does not belong in the area. 

Clanzenetta Brown, another neighbor, said while Somer's memorial has gotten smaller, people continue to stop by. Brown also said the neighborhood is still on edge. 

"I feel like it's the same level. It was a shock. I think people are still on their guard."

Brown is headed to the neighborhood watch meeting Thursday night. It is the first one and is another way the Grove Park neighborhood is watching out for one another now.

"I think people are much more interested in what's going on around them, who their neighbors are."

As time goes by neighbors try to move on, but the memories are still fresh in their minds.

Someone has left a permanent reminder at Somer's memorial.  The new plaque reads, "Forever in our hearts."






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