Posted: Jan 2, 2013 9:31 PM
Updated: Jan 2, 2013 10:14 PM
EDINBURG - Gang violence in the area known as Little Mexico south of Alamo has decreased in recent months, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said. The statement comes in the wake of a murder in that neighborhood.
Trevino said his department is working to make the neighborhood safer. He said the arrest of two suspects wanted in Tuesday's murder will contribute to making the streets of that neighborhood safer.
"The good guys came out on top and the bad guys are in jail. These are gangsters. They're very dangerous and needed to go to jail," Trevino said.
Trevino said his deputies have kept gang violence under control since last year's school bus stop shooting of a young teen.
"Little Mexico has been a very quiet place and you can talk to anybody out there and they'll tell you little Mexico has been very quiet. We've held violent crime down quite low I think but it only takes one incident like this to blow things up," Trevino said.
Little Mexico residents, however, see things differently.
"They have come and left flyers and gave us a number so we can call. But they come two to three months and leave. We need them here 24/7 for us to be safe," Little Mexico resident Elizabeth Cantu said.
"This neighborhood is dangerous. There's a lot of delinquency ... a lot of kids are in the streets at night. There needs to be more policing," Little Mexico resident Flor Espinoza said.
"We're not giving up. We've got some very good outreach programs that we are enforcing and taking out to the community," Trevino said.
Trevino said his department is in the process of reorganizing a community liaison that will go door to door talking to people and educating residents about the dangers gangs pose.