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Despite Homicide Investigation, Neighbors Feel Safe

March 21, 2014, 5:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Despite Homicide Investigation, Neighbors Feel Safe
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Life goes on as usual for people in the Garfield neighborhood, but the events of this past week have a few of them stopping to consider how very close this crime has come to their homes.

"Nobody can expect it, somebody go into the woman's house and murder her and come back and nobody saw him," Nasreldin Albager said.

Since the body of 56-year-old Kari Kirkegaard was found in her home Sunday, bits and pieces of the puzzle have been released, including videos and photos of someone officers say is a suspect in the case. Albager goes to a church just feet from Kirkegaard's home. He says there are doubts that the video will actually help in the investigation.

"People say the video, the camera; they're making jokes about the camera. At least they have evidence, somebody has pictures of somebody going inside and come outside," Albager said.

Albager adds that even as they joke about the poor quality of the video, people are still talking and trying to figure out who the person in the images may be. Everyone here, he says, wants this person found so they can move on.

Nearly a week after the discovery of Kirkegaard in her home, people in the neighborhood say without reservation that they still feel safe.

Nasreldin: People in neighborhood are very nice. I've lived here a long time and I actually enjoy living here. A quiet neighborhood.
Jared: You feel very safe in this neighborhood?"
Nasreldin: It's very safe, actually.

While some people in the neighborhood didn't know Kirkegaard personally, they say the events of this past week have brought people together to support each other through this very anxious time.

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