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CUSSETA, AL (WTVM) -

Just last month, a Cusseta home invasion turned deadly and claimed the life of an 85-year-old man.

On Monday night, citizens gathered to better prepare themselves in case of a home invasion.  

The event was organized by a man that has called Cusseta home for over 30 years and has began to take steps to rid the town from senseless crime, like the one that took the live of 85-year-old Curtis Rudd.  

Jeremy Waller started the Cusseta Alabama Watch Facebook page about three years ago to keep the people of Cusseta informed. However, after Rudd's murder, Waller knew he had to do something else. 

“I think the best thing we can do is bring this community together, where we can all discuss this, have each other's back and go from there,” said Waller.  

Lucky for him, he wasn't the only one that shared this belief.  On Monday night, more than 50 people from both Chambers and Lee counties gathered at Dirt Road BBQ for a forum.  Along with concerned citizens, there were also people in power to listen to concerns and take action.  

Alabama State House Representative for District 38 Issac Whorton, 5th Circuit Assistant DA Damon Lewis, a member from Chambers County Drug Task Force, and Lee County Sherrif Jay Jones were all on hand to address concerned citizens.

Sheriff Jones was thrilled with the meeting.

“There is no such thing that is a bad meeting when we are talking about the safety in our neighborhoods and trying to prevent crime,” Sheriff Jones said.   

He went on to talk about how to better prepare your home to prevent someone from breaking in, 

“Doing everything around your home to make it appear it is not a good place to break in. At-night lighting, if you have a dog, if you have surveillance cameras.  Those types of things really help us and they are not the financial burden they were at one time,” said Sheriff Jones. 

Everyone in attendance said they found the meeting to be helpful, and Waller said he plans on organizing more events like it in the future.

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