Neighbors worried after another killing near abandoned South Memphis homes

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. —An early morning shooting in South Memphis left one man dead, and an entire neighborhood worried.

The incident happened Monday at 278 Richmond Avenue, near a row of abandoned houses that were the scene of another homicide just weeks ago.

Police say they found a man dead in front of one of the boarded-up homes.

In October, WREG's Shay Arthur reported on another shooting in the same block, where 47-year-old Ester Tucker was discovered face-down in an overgrown lot.

At the time, neighbors told WREG no one lived in the 200 block of Richmond. It's just a field and a row of white, blighted, boarded-up homes that have reportedly sat vacant for years.

“I think they really need to tear them down since they’re abandoned," said neighbor Harold Kinney, who said he was worried the victim might be a friend.

Kraig Boddie says he just bought nearby a store five months ago, and it makes him fear for his business.

"I’m always worried about it because somebody’s dead," he said. "So it is a concern.”

Meanwhile, police haven’t released much about this latest incident, leaving neighbors wondering about the reality that plagues this area.

"A drug deal. The boy be breaking, a lot of them be breaking bad and running off,” Kinney said.

City spokeswoman Arlenia Cole said the city had not received any complaints on 311 about these properties, but a code enforcement inspector was dispatched there Monday afternoon.

Property owners have seven days after they are notified to get rid of overgrowth on the properties, she said.


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