LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. – The community group "Take Back Troy" plan to rally against violence in their neighborhoods after a double homicide inside a Lansingburgh home Wednesday.
A protest and citizen patrol is kicking off on Wednesday at Powers Park in Troy. The leaders of the movement say it is with a heavy heart that they proceed with their citizen patrol.
However, residents say that as unfortunate as it is, it is incidents like the double homicide that highlight the importance of community support against violence in Troy.
After a year plagued with violence, word of the deaths of Allen and Maria Lockrow bludgeoned to death inside their home traveled fast in the community.
“I was shaking, I was devastated, and I was so saddened that another family was victimized with another crime,” said Michele Bell with Take Back Troy.
Though police are calling the incident seemingly isolated, fifth generation resident Bell says the violent motives behind it are becoming far too common in her neighborhood.
“We've been victims of the crime,” said Bell.
Since moving back to Lansingburgh from New York City in January, Bell said her car has been broken into, her elderly mother has been robbed, and her partner was violently assaulted just down the street from their home.
“Very sad that we have to lock our doors, barricade,” she said.
The violence is why Bell and her family joined many in the community with an effort to take back Troy. The group is utilizing social media to come together and take a stand using, #TakeBackTroy and aiming to start a citizen patrol Wednesday night--something Troy Police say they welcome.
“We're looking for any help we can get from the citizens so that's great, I'm glad to see them banding together--and hopefully they are continuing to help us,” said Bell.
At least for Bell, she says the citizen patrol is a last ditch attempt, and she says if the violence in Troy doesn't stop soon then she plans on moving her family, elsewhere.
“We're not safe, it's just not safe here,” she said.
The rally is set to begin in Powers Park at 6 p.m.
Troy Police Captain DeWolf stresses to the public that they not take the law into their own hands and that any time a citizen sees something suspicious, they should call it in to the police.