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Homicide Investigation Concerns SF Neighborhood

March 17, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Homicide Investigation Concerns SF Neighborhood

The death of 56-year-old Kari Kirkegaard is still under investigation, bringing with it a large police presence in the neighborhood surrounding Garfield Elementary School. This quiet Sioux Falls neighborhood is now stirring with concern.

"That is disturbing because you don't know really what happened, if somebody could've done it to her or something. I just don't know and it really bothers me to have that happen in our neighborhood," Michael Ellis said.

Ellis can see Kirkegaard's home from his front yard and is still wondering how something like this could happen so close to where he lives.

"We don't usually see that around this neighborhood very much. It's usually a quiet neighborhood, everybody knows each other. We walk up and down the street with our children when they're going to school or just taking them for a walk," Ellis said.

Kids who live in the area have never felt threatened by the neighborhood they call home.

"I've lived here and I've had no problems before. So, I think it's a safe area," Breinna Grace said.

Neighbors say one thing that could make them all feel safer is an increased presence of their neighborhood crime watch. Information about how to join could be found on doors in the blocks around the crime scene.

"If more people got involved, stuff like this down the street wouldn't be happening, because everyone would be watching out for each other, which is the way it should be," Ellis said.

The idea that everyone is completely safe in their neighborhood is shaken as they all come to grips with this ongoing investigation.

"To see them walking down that way now, it's kind of like 'You know, I'm going to go with you," Ellis said.

"I'll walk around, but I'll always have my phone to keep in touch with my parents. The buddy system, I'll always keep that in mind," Grace said.

During the investigation Monday, officers discovered that bedding from Kirkegaard's home was missing. They are asking everyone in the area to check their garbage cans for anything suspicious, and if you find anything, call police immediately.

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