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Victim's mother says River Glen should be torn down

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

"I'm the mother of Demetrius Devaughn Moore," says Johnnie Robinson. "His life was taken the other night over there."

"Over there" is in Augusta's River Glen Apartments, where violence has rocked the neighborhood throughout 2012.

Moore, 21, was shot and killed Tuesday night, the third homicide in River Glen this year alone.

Robinson grew up in River Glen.

Though she now lives elsewhere in Georgia, she's heard the reputation the complex has gained.

"It's been forced to drugs, and the teenagers hanging out all over," she says. "It's gotten bad in River Glen."

As Moore's family mourns, River Glen residents are wary of their surroundings.

Fox 54's Jake Wallace spoke with several residents, all of them too afraid for their own safety to speak on camera.

They did make their feelings known however. One called the neighborhood a "deathtrap." Another said it's time for the area to be torn down.

Robinson agrees.

"Maybe that would be a good idea to tear it down," she admits. "Maybe then the violence would stop."

But that's not anything that can be done by the city says District 1 Commissioner Matt Aitken.

The Section 8 Housing is privately owned by Greenville, SC-based PK Management.

"That would have to be an ownership decision," Aitken says of closing River Glen. "In the meantime, we definitely want to deal with the safety issues going on over there."

We were given a card by the property manager with a crime reporting hotline number. No one from PK returned our phone calls for comment.

But Aitken says he hopes to see management cooperate with the city in deterring the neighborhood crime.

"We're going to have to raise the bar with River Glen management team to see what they can do to really provide that kind of security there," he says.

But for Robinson and her family, the damage has been done. 

She says River Glen has fallen too far.

"It's just gotten rough over there and out of hand," she says. "It's not right."

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