Neighbors Describe Street Where Three Found Dead As Quiet

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

People who live down the street from an east Wichita house where three people were found shot to death Saturday afternoon say they cannot believe it happened in their neighborhood.

Two men and a woman were found dead inside a house in the 300 block of North Ash -- near Second Street and Interstate 135 -- about 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

Neighbors say they are shocked. They describe the neighborhood as quiet with very little crime.

"I liked it up until now," said Maria Adame. "We're just shocked with what has happened."

Adame has only lived in the neighborhood for a few months, but she had felt safe since moving into the house she's renting from her aunt.

"She always told me it's a good neighborhood; nothing's ever happened," Adame said. "Whenever we moved in, I was like, 'Okay, everything's fine. It's a quiet neighborhood.'"

That quiet neighborhood was filled with police cars and detectives early Saturday afternoon. Investigators went door-to-door in the neighborhood while detectives at City Hall interviewed people who knew the victims. All were trying to piece together what happened.

Neighbors said they had not noticed any suspicious activity or anything that seemed out of place in recent days. They did not notice anything wrong until Saturday afternoon.

"We got home and saw all these police cars were here," said Jeff Hale, who lives across the street from the house where the bodies were found.

Hale said he knew one of the people who lived there. He believed him to be in his 30s.

Police have not identified the victims. They also have not said whether the victims were the people who lived in the house.

Shawnna Barr said four people lived there. She has known three of them -- a couple and their grandson -- most of her life.

"They were really quiet; they really didn't come out much," she said. "But the son, I've known him since I was little. They've lived in this neighborhood longer than we have."

Those who have not lived in the neighborhood very long say they will be getting to know their neighbors better.

"It's good to know who your neighbors are," Adame said. "Have communication with them so you can know who comes in and out of your house so we can all be protecting our houses and stuff."

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