Less than a week ago, the murder of 48-year-old Sallie Gaglia turned the small town of Fleming, Georgia, upside down. Now there is some light being shed for a community that's been shadowed in sorrow. Now that authorities have a suspect in custody, not only do neighbors feel like they can come outside again, some of them even said that the prisoner was a bad seed to begin with.
It's hard to believe that the woman who worked at the post office was murdered by someone she knew.
"The subject arrested was Meier Jason Brown, a 32-year-old resident of Fleming, Georgia," said Marsha Freso, the US Postal Inspector on the case.
Even though the United States Postal Investigation Service says homicides against postal workers are rare, Sallie Gaglia's brutal murder has weighed heavily upon the community. Now members of the community are feeling a bit more safe.
"I feel completely relieved," resident Samantha Canas said. "It's kind of scary. I live by myself and there's not as many neighbors around here, where you holler and somebody's going to hear you."
Although Canas feels relieved that investigators have a suspect in custody, this homicide still has her looking over her shoulder.
"I have guns in my house and when something like this happens, I do a lot of target practicing just so people around know that I still have my guns and my dog," she said.
Now that the town of Fleming no longer has to worry about a killer running the streets, many are still sad that they lost one of their town's most cherished individuals.
Brown is in federal custody awaiting his trial.