Two homicides in same community raises concerns

By Christy Hutchings - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - In less than a month, two men have been found shot in Windsor Forest. The men were found lying in the road, in desperate need of help. In both cases, the men later died.

The shootings have left residents concerned because besides the occasional car passing down the street, Windsor Forest is a pretty quiet place. But that has all changed recently. In less than three weeks, two neighborhoods have turned into crime scenes.

"We're just concerned," said Cindy Spivey who has lived in the neighborhood for the past 15 years.

Spivey never dreamed that not one, but two shooting victims would be found in her neighborhood. "Is this isolated for some weird reason, or is this somebody saying hey, we put one in this neighborhood that was really quiet, let's go ahead and do another one in the same neighborhood because they can't find anything, or is this something that's going to be routine now," Spivey said.

Police aren't saying if the two shootings are related, but what they are releasing is that the man killed yesterday was 19-year-old Reginald Williams. Detectives say Williams and another man drove to Windsor Forest. They were talking with two other men. It's unclear what happened next, but someone shot Williams and he ran to a nearby house and collapsed in the yard.

Jay Jones lives in this neighborhood and can't believe what's happening. "It's a sad situation in that life has come to this now. Life doesn't mean nothing but the cost of a bullet," Jones said. "We['ve] got a lot to do.  We have an uphill battle with this youth. And people living in neighborhoods like this one, for years we were burying our heads in the sand, and now it's knocking on our doors, so it's every body's problem."

This is a problem neighbors say this community has to solve and fast.

Alderman Tony Thomas, who represents that district, is holding a crime meeting to address this issue. It will be Monday, Aug. 2 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Armstrong Center.

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