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'Too many people are getting killed'

Community members tried Thursday to begin returning life to normal after the latest violence at the complex this summer.

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Children worked on arts and crafts projects at The Rose, a recreation center on the property, while a group played pickup basketball in a gym.

Kea Westbrook of Behind Every Door, a nonprofit agency that works with apartment communities in underserved areas, said residents were still afraid of the chance of retaliation.

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"Everything is live and active right now," she said. "People want to be careful."

About six weeks ago, two 17-year-olds were fatally shot near the Roseland Townhomes.

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Weary after those killings, residents "were just starting to come up for air" before Wednesday's shooting.

Some teenagers who normally come to the community center had decided to stay home, she said. Those who did come talked about what they had heard about Brandoniya, probing the awful particulars of her death.

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"Everyone has their own version of the story," Westbrook said. "We're just giving them the space to talk. We're giving them hugs."

Michael Williams, a 12-year resident in the community, sat in a chair outside his home, only a few doors from where the shooting happened. Williams said the recent violence in the complex and throughout the city reminded him of his service in the Army in Vietnam.

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He said his part of the complex is usually quiet, and he blamed the violence on outsiders who come into the community with...
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