N. Toledo neighbors shocked by elderly murder

By Joe Stoll - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

NORTH TOLEDO (WTOL) - Neighbors in this generally quiet north Toledo neighborhood still can't figure out why someone would attack an elderly couple.

"They didn't bother nobody. They used to sit out in front of their garage, patio-style like," said neighbor Cletus Anderson. He lives right next door to what is still a crime scene.

Anderson says his mom heard a noise Friday night. She told her son, but he never thought twice about it, until now.

Cletus may never know if the noise his mom heard had anything to do with what happened right next door. He just wishes he would have come out for one minute and looked. "I wish I did. I don't know if it was that incident going on next door, but who knows."

News of the attack quickly spread to community leaders. "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of these neighborhood residents," said Beth Lewandowski, vice president of the Lagrange Village Council.

Lewandowski says north Toledo gets a bad rap when crime happens. "This is a safe neighborhood. North Toledo is a good neighborhood to live in, and you know this could have happened in any neighborhood, not just here."

She says people should stay alert to what's going on around them. That's the stance Anderson says he's going to start taking, too.

The Lagrange Village Council is taking a proactive step. They're holding a public meeting Tuesday night, May 12 at 6:30. It's at the Lagrange Branch Library to talk about the incident and community safety.

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