Posted: Dec 12, 2012 6:33 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2012 1:01 AM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies have increased their presence in the Lopezville area in the wake of a murder.
A man was shot and killed two weeks ago in that area. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the incident was gang-related. He said that led to the increase in law enforcement presence and the deployment of a surveillance tower in the area.
One area resident said the move is an important step to curb crime.
"It's bad, we almost had to call the police everyday," Maria Garcia said.
She said crime surrounded her home.
"The kids were in gangs. There was a lot of trouble here. They used to break our lights, our windows," she said.
Garcia said gang shootings, police raids and thefts were too common.
Garcia said she and her husband raised two sons in Lopezville. She said they worried their children would get involved in gangs. They build their home in the area 40 years ago.
"He was very strict with them," she said of her husband.
Garcia said moving from the area was not an option.
"When you are poor, if you buy something you don't want to lose it because you don't have the money," she said.
Garcia said crime has decreased in her neighborhood.
"The kids are getting better ... they are not doing so much stuff," she said.
Still, two weeks ago a man was murdered in the neighborhood.
Deputies arrested three suspects in the crime.
Garcia said the sudden increase in law-enforcement presence is a good thing.