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Neighbors concerned with few details offered in homicide investigation

QUINCY (WGEM) — Neighbors are speaking out a week after a Quincy homicide investigation continues with few details from officials.

It’s a typical Friday for residents living in the neighborhood near 4th and Kochs Lane, but it was anything but average on May 30.

“The only thing I know is there were a bunch of officers out here in the front yard. I kept asking them, but they wouldn’t tell me anything. I don’t know what went on,” said Carl Neiders.

Neighbors down the street at the Valley View Mobile Home Park say they feel the same way. The day after the commotion, the sheriff’s office identified the body as 20-year-old Orlando Smith.

Benjamin Beng says he knows a lot of Smiths, just not him.

“It’s sad that he died at a young age. Whatever happened, we don’t know. But I hope people who know what happened will come out and provide answers and let us know, because this needs to stop,” Beng told WGEM News.

Beng says right now the community is concerned about one thing.

“Everyone is worried about the flood, but not worried about anything else. And that would be an easy way to cause something like this,” said Beng.

On May 30 Police blocked off both entrances to the road. What bothered people was they were trying to get home, but they couldn’t get home because police wouldn’t tell them what was happening or what was going on here.

“One time the officer told me that they were called to a break-in and that wasn’t the story at all. And then we didn’t find out until the neighbor says he found the body down there wrapped up in a rug,” said Neiders.

Neighbors say they just want answers.

“We are trying to make Quincy a better place, but we can’t do that without the police helping out, the drugs coming to a stop, and stop all these killings,” said Beng.

Following the death, there’s been more police presence in the area, according to residents and more people using security cameras outside their home for safety.


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Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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