By WTVM Web Team| April 29, 2015 at 3:25 PM EST - Updated July 11 at 4:41 AM
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)
A new report released by city officials and law enforcement says crime in Columbus is going down. However, a Rigdon Road murder on April 28 shows there is still work to be done.
Jumunn Morgan, 29, was found dead Tuesday in this apartment complex in Columbus. Neighbors, friends, and family we spoke with did not want to go on camera but told us they are sick of senseless violence breaking up families and taking lives.
Viewers commented on our WTVM facebook page expressing similar feelings. One viewer said, "We are going to get justice," another asked "When is this going to stop," and, "Start reporting where the drugs are. Who's buying and who's selling?"
We sat down with Columbus Mayor Tomlinson on Wednesday to address these concerns.
"Last year we went 60 days without a murder, this year we just went 110 days without a murder, and so any time you have those very long periods of time that's a very good thing because murders do tend to cluster," said Tomlinson.
The last murder Columbus saw was in January when 33-year-old Gerald Hightower Junior was shot to death off Calvin Avenue. Hightower's family asked for more police presence to help keep the area safe.
"Where these folks at when we really need them? These police need to be everywhere," they said.
However, Tomlinson explains that in order for neighborhoods to stop being hot beds for criminal activity, people need to do their part to help. She urges people to call 911 when they see crimes being committed.
"A lot of times what happens is they feel like they have to be quiet, secretive, and they're becoming then, unfortunately, part of the problem," said Tomlinson.
People can also contact police to form neighborhood watch groups.
"Once you have relationships with your neighbor you can bond together over making your neighborhood more safe and then you become a real partner for our law-enforcement agency," said Tomlinson.