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Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Reacts To Arrest In Murder Case

March 29, 2014, 10:14 PM by Leland Steva

Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Reacts To Arrest In Murder Case

Police say that public involvement and tip calls helped lead to the arrest of 40-year-old Christopher Kryger.

The death of Kari Kirkegaard has hit the Sioux Falls community hard, but it was that community that helped arrest Christopher Kryger. Police say the tips they received through Crimestoppers led to their first contact with Kryger.

Jolynn Petersen coordinates the neighborhood watch in the neighborhood that Kirkeggard lives, and she believes in the importance of people keeping an eye on what happens on their streets.

"The police can't be everywhere. We are the eyes and ears of the neighborhood and I think it's real important that you pay attention to what's going on in your neighborhood. It is your responsibility," Jolynn Petersen said.

Petersen says there are around 50 people in the neighborhood watch that covers multiple blocks from Kiawanis to Western Avenue. They recently worked with the city to get more lights on their streets, making the area safer at night. All the people in the watch, Petersen says, do their best to ensure the safety of the neighborhood.

"Just keep an eye out. Know your neighbors, if there's something strange in the area that just doesn't seem right, call it in," Petersen said.

Even with the shocking murder that happened close to home, Petersen doesn't think where she lives is dangerous.

"We all felt the neighborhood is safe. You had this instance unfortunately in the neighborhood but I believe it's always been a safe neighborhood. I've lived here since I was two and I don't feel any different now then when I was a kid," Petersen said.

Kryger's charges include three alternate counts of first degree murder, two counts of second and third degree rape and two counts of burglary in the first degree. He is scheduled in court on Monday.

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