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Neighborhood group uses social media to help curb violence

The victim was stabbed just a few blocks away from the Lowell neighborhood. Residents there are using Facebook to keep in the loop and are looking out for suspicious activity.


The victim was stabbed just a few block away from the Lowell neighborhood. Residents there are using Facebook to keep in the loop and are looking out for suspicious activity.

Streets around the crime scene remained taped off for hours early Friday while police investigated how 32-year-old Eric Catlapp was murdered.
Barbara Fiske lives just four blocks south and is a member of the Lowell Neighborhood Association. The group was formed several years back and now helps keep neighbors informed with social media, like Facebook.

"If there's been break-ins in a certain part of the neighborhood or cars being broken into, we'll put that on that page and just let the word out," said Barbara Fiske, member of the Lowell Neighborhood Association.

They do this to stay informed and help curb violence in the area.
They keep close communication with police and even have an officer assigned to the neighborhood.

"As neighbors, she advises us how to call in suspicious activities or to give us advice regarding safety," said Fiske.

Police say catlapp left The Hashtag, a popular business open 24-hours for just a few minutes and returned with a stab wound. He was transported to CRMC where he later died.
Bobbi Lechman said she knew Catlapp and is fed up with the violence.

Police say violent crime in the Southwest District is down by 14%.
Christine Haynes spends most of her time in the tower district and said she hasn't had a problem.

"Everybody's friendly, everybody's cordial...and we just get along down here," said Haynes.

Fiske said safety is key and they'll do what they need to do keep safe.

"To get involved and be aware of your surrounding and take ownership of the neighborhood it makes it a safer place for everybody," said Fiske.

The neighborhood association is working to encourage local landlords to make background checks on tenants a requirement to also help curb violence.

If you have any information on the Tower District stabbing, you're asked to call the CrimeStopper's Hotline at 498-STOP.

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