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Oakwood residents turn to prayer to protect neighborhood

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Residents of Oakwood want to send a message to the next person that tries to hurt one of their own and that's, "Watch out!" 

They beefed up their community watch program after a home invasion startled the normally safe historic community. Now even a local church is getting involved, calling for a little help from up above.

"Prayer is the answer," said members of ROC Fellowship Church in Raleigh.

Pastor of Evangelism, Linda Ross said, "Naturally because of what has happened, we're hurting. We want to be there for the people."

Ross is talking about a couple who lives in Oakwood. The wife was sexually assaulted and the husband was shot during a home invasion on Monday.

"It shook everybody and it put a sense of fear," said Nirrasha Williams, media director of ROC fellowship. "You know when we're outside you know walking their dogs and running, and when this happened it was sort of a hush in the community. And it was more of a, 'OK, we have to do something' what can we do?"

For starters, the church rallied more than a hundred people who live in Oakwood to pray a few nights ago and today they committed to two prayer walks a month. Neighbors I talked with say this is bringing the already tight-knit community even closer together.

Dawn Dudine has lived in Oakwood for three years. She said, "We have all kind of pulled together trying to make the family feel safe again, because what they went through was devastating."

Dudine says there's now more of a police presence, as well as home alarm systems, and more neighbors looking out for each other.

One resident we talked with off camera put the spirit of the neighborhood best. "If it happens to one of us, it happens to all of us."

 

Eileen Park

Eileen joined WNCN after years of working as a foreign correspondent. During her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, reading, and exploring the Triangle. More>>

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