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People say crime on the rise in neighborhood where middle schooler killed

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While the search continues for who shot and killed a Kansas City middle schooler, KCTV5 dug deeper into the neighborhood where the crime happened. People who live and work there say they're concerned about a rise in crime.

Alexis Kane, 14, was murdered in South Kansas City Sunday. Her body was found near the Bay Water Park, 7101 Longview Rd., and just down the street from where she attended Smith-Hale Middle School.

While all locations may seem like family friendly places, neighbors say they're worried about what's going on on their streets.

“It's bad, but, you know, we just moved out here not too long ago. But, like I was saying earlier, we're about to move anyway because of the crime rate,” said Anthony Baker.

Looking through police reports, since Jan. 1 alone, the area has already seen 13 incidents that include 10 thefts, two assaults and one stolen car.

“It's terrible for the community. It's bad for business and, as a whole, it's just not a good thing,” said barber James Williams III.

Williams owns the Razor's Edge Barber Shop on Blue Ridge Boulevard. He recognizes the problem, but says he tries to make a difference one customer at a time.

“I'm still in it to win it, though. Every young man that I can come in contact with and sit in my chair, I talk to, try to see where they're at,” he said.

Ina Holland genuinely applauds Williams' efforts, but is still looking at the next step to take, for her family's sake.

“I have four daughters and I don't want my daughters around this mess. It's time for me to get them out, it really is because you have all kinds of strange people walking up and down the neighborhood. You don't know who's who, you know. They could drive by and shoot a bullet right through your house. And then what? It's time to go,” she said.

Others KCTV5 talked to said moving is not an option for them. They're hoping, through police and community efforts, at some point things somehow get better.

Click here to donate to a fund for Alexis' funeral expenses.

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