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Neighbors say violence has become a fact of life near Budd Park

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A deadly shooting at 31st Street and Troost Avenue on Tuesday makes four homicides in the past 24 hours in Kansas City.

Two of those were men found dead in a car Monday night near Budd Park at St. John and Denver avenues, and people who live in the neighborhood said the violence has become a fact of life there.

Seeing crime tape in an area near Budd Park is almost a part of the scenery, said one neighbor. Kansas City police said it's one of their busiest crime areas, and neighbors agree.

"We just look to see, was there tape around it? Then we know there was a murder," Danny Esteban said.

He serves at the Holy Cross Catholic Church as a deacon and has seen many crimes in front of his church on St. John Avenue near Budd Park.

"I know somebody shot on that side of the park; somebody down there got killed on that side," Esteban said.

When he heard that two men were found dead, riddled with bullets inside a car, he was troubled but not surprised.

"It used to be a lot worse. It's disheartening when you have to go to their funerals," Esteban said.

On Kansas City's northeast side, police officers concentrate their patrols near Budd Park, one of their busiest neighborhoods, they say. In just the last three months there were more than 200 incidents in a 10-block radius of St. John that included assaults, burglaries and, most recently, murder.

"It's really dangerous in this area," Teresa Vengas, a beauty salon employee, said.

Business employees like Vengas remember when the area attracted everyone.

"Long time ago, it was really good, nice right here, but not anymore," she said.

Now she locks the salon and never leaves alone. But Esteban isn't giving up yet.

"I always have to be upbeat about things because this is my neighborhood. I live here, and you want to see things get better. You get tired of seeing people move away," he said.

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