Kyleigh Mathias and Steven Bess moved from Bridgeton to Millville back in May, just weeks before the double homicide that set the city abuzz.
"You could be caught up in the crossfire, even as far as you being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I mean, it can happen to anyone nowadays," said Bess.
"From then, we had a lot of citizens that came forward and gave us some help with this investigation. Within 72 hours of the invest, 2 people were arrested for the double homicide,” explained Detective Lieutenant Jody Farabella of the Millville Police Department.
Just two weeks ago, Millville Police, along with other local agencies, conducted an operation that led to more than 20 other arrests.
"Through those arrests, some key players that we had our focus on were arrested," said Farabella.
After the successful teamup with other local agencies, Millville Police say they'll continue to work with other police departments to fight crime.
"We're definitely gonna continue throughout the Summer months, to do these type of followup investigations to do these countywide roundups," said Farabella.
Residents we spoke with say they’re happy with the work the police department has done, but they’d like to see more community programs aimed at getting kids off the streets.
"If the community brings activities in maybe that will get the kids more focused on it and off the streets," said 18-year-old Nate LeCator.
"I remember when we was young we had eating places, we had fun activities at churches,” said one resident of the third ward. “We had little parks to go to, family barbecues. You can't even have a family barbecue cause when it get dark you gotta worry about the gun violence.
As for Kyleigh and Steven, they’re hoping their neighbors continue to assist police, for the sake of their daughters. "You can't truly have a police force, a working police force, without the community helping."
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