CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Neighbors living near a west Charlotte park are pleading with police to increase patrols. This is all happening after a homeless woman was found murdered in the park Monday morning.
As kids cool off at West Charlotte Neighborhood Park, a memorial continues to grow just feet away.
"I want people to know she's a great person. I wish nothing would have ever happened to her," said a friend of the victim, Will Leaphart.
Leaphart is talking about 46-year-old Shannon Littlejohn, who was found dead in the park Monday morning.
Although the park seems scenic and popular for families during the day, neighbors said it becomes downright dangerous at night.
"Gunshots. There has been drug transactions," said one neighbor.
That neighbor has lived in the area for more than 50 years and asked that we conceal her identity. The safety of her family and other neighbors remains a top concern, especially after a murder occurred just feet from many family homes.
"I myself have called police many, many times to come out and provide some kind of security for us," said the neighbor.
But the request for more officers hasn't made a noticeable difference to neighbors.
"Recently I haven't seen any, unless something happened like on Monday," said the neighbor.
We took neighbors concerns to CMPD. They told FOX 46 Charlotte they have increased patrols following Monday's homicide, but would not specify if this neighborhood was already on their summer initiative list to decrease crime.
CMPD officers continue to investigate the death of Shannon Littlejohn. As friends drop-off items for a memorial, they hope the killer is brought to justice.
"I know they probably aren't going to do anything to a male, but taking advantage of a female that is homeless, that's not right," said Leaphart.