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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
over a year after a violent shooting at the Moody Manor apartments took the
life of 1-year-old Keondra Hooks, the community came together to celebrate
changes made for safety.
marked a new chapter for the community at Moody Manor with the unveiling of a
mural and garden in the heart of the complex. They pay tribute to little
Keondra, and give hope for seeds of change to be planted.
wanted to remember what happened and treat it as a tragedy, but also as a
learning experience, and to wake up the community as a reminder," said Warren
Woodberry, a local artist involved.
Hooks was shot and killed in August of 2012. Her sister was left fighting for
her life. Now, a mural painted by several Toledoans is standing as a reminder.
goes to show that the people in this neighborhood and the city of Toledo are
resilient," said Bob Krompak, from Neighborworks Toledo. "They will stand up to
crime. They will create positive alternatives for youth, and they will make a
better tomorrow for all people in Toledo."
complex worked with the Cherry Street Legacy Project to use the environment to
make the area safer. Trees have been trimmed higher to improve visibility for
police, and vines were removed from fencing.
also increases the safety for our police officers," said Karen Rogalski, from
the Cherry Street Legacy Project. "Criminal activity doesn't want to be seen.
There's been installation of lights, there has been fencing and gating."
are small improvements expected to keep crime out and bring the community in.