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Tempers flare at east Atlanta crime meeting

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

There have been three homicides in east Atlanta in as many months, and now people who live in this historic part of Atlanta are fed up.

Hundreds gathered at the ARC Auditorium at Zoo Atlanta to learn how they can protect themselves and their community. 

Atlanta police, along with DeKalb County police officers, were there to answer questions and give advice on how to fight crime.

Not everyone thought the meeting made a difference and left shaking their heads. One man who did not want to be identified said the people who held the crime meeting were "just blowing a bunch of smoke."

East Atlanta has been plagued with more crime than usual in recent weeks.  The crimes include burglaries, armed robberies, homicides, car break-ins and auto thefts.

To say some people, especially victims of crime, are frustrated would be an understatement.

"When people are just walking up and shooting you. I don't think there is a formula that could help," Marjorie Cotton said.  Cotton's son, Omar Reeves, was murdered in front of her home on May 18.  Reeves was shot during a robbery on Metropolitan and Flat Shoals Avenue in southeast Atlanta.

On May 25, Patrick Cotrona was shot and killed during a robbery at 1342 May Ave.

"I thought it was good with so many people from the neighborhood came out," Nate Ensor said.  Ensor lives in Grant Park. "I would like to see more police presence. I have had two break-ins in the last year and a half."

Cotton said there have been no arrests in the murder of her son. "I want justice, I want that person to be found," Cotton said.

Community leaders and police urge the public to be more vigilant, install surveillance cameras, form neighborhood watch groups and not to hesitate to report suspicious behavior, no matter how small.

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