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‘The city of Huntsville has failed us’: Residents fearful following a death in their neighborhood

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Huntsville Police and Fire and Rescue on the 4400 block of Lakeview Dr. Saturday morning where neighbors found a man lying dead in the road. 

A man was found dead in a neighborhood in northwest Huntsville over the weekend. 

A couple heard gunshots Saturday morning outside of their home on Lakeview Drive.

Russell Quick went outside to find a young man lying on the ground. He and his partner Melissa Cost then called 911. 

“It’s absolutely horrible,” Cost said. “When the cops left and the fire truck washed all of the blood away, it was like it kind of never happened except in our minds I can still see him if I close my eyes, I can still see his little crumpled body,” Cost said.  

Huntsville police say that investigation is still underway. Neither the victim, nor the suspect has been identified. 

Tyler Berryhill the Madison County Coroner says the victim’s cause of death has been established and his death was ruled a homicide. 

His cause of death will be released at a later date as the investigation progresses. 

Quick and Cost tell 鶹app crime in their neighborhood is so frequent, they call police around once a month. 

“You don't have enough time to decompress from the last thing for the next one to happen," Cost said. 

They have lived in their house since 2009 but have noticed a major crime increase over the past two years.

They say they've notified police on countless issues as well as their district council member Devyn Keith but feel nothing has been done to address the alleged increased levels of crime.

“If calling 911, calling the non-emergency line, calling crime stoppers, contacting your city councilman; if nothing works, what do you do?” Cost wondered. 

The couple say there has not been an increased police patrol in their area since the incident. This was their final straw and they decided they have no choice but to move away.

They say all they wanted was for the city to act on the crime in their area, before something like this happened. 

“How do you handle when you know you have random patches of fear at your own home?” Quick wondered. 

The couple is afraid what happened over the weekend may happen again unless something changes soon.

They believe this crime may have been prevented if anyone from the city and police department took their calls and complaints seriously. 

Huntsville PD says they are working on sending a response regarding the crime on Lakeview Dr.

鶹app is waiting to hear back from councilman Keith.

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