Dead Body Found in Overton Area - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/23/02

Dead Body Found in Overton Area

"The neighborhood has been violent for quite a while, it's not a safe place to be after five," says nearby employee, Sherri Gruesendorf. That's why Gruesendorf wasn't surprised when she came to work Friday morning and found a dead body and another statistic for Lubbock county.

"It's upsetting.. Shocking maybe not so much," she says. The victim was found at the corner of Avenue W and Broadway, just a block from the North Overton construction site. Workers there call the area a crime zone. "People walk up and down the streets, they're still slugging over here, selling drugs- it's just the environment, they're going to change all the houses up but people still live around here it's all going to keep on going," says a nearby construction worker.

Street lights are also not working because of construction. And that adds to the fear factor. "If we have to go to the library or something at night, we go through main streets cause at least theres lights there," says Sandeep, a Texas Tech student that lives in the area.

While the investigation continues into exactly what happen to this man. People here will have to deal with the danger that's become all too common. "This is a pretty rough neighborhood, it has been for quite a while. There's drug activity, a little violence, a lot of break ins," says Gruesendorf.

NewsChannel 11 spoke to Daryl Oliver with Lubbock Power & Light, specifically about the lights not working in the area, and he says they are not aware there was a problem. Craig Farmer with the development project says this neighborhood is just as lit as any other neighborhood.

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