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THE COMMUNITY: Security shattered

By Johnny Johnson Modified: June 10, 2008 at 12:37 am •  Published: June 10, 2008

Even though he's setting his security system at night now, he doesn't have any desire to leave town.

"This town is home, and it's going to bring people together,” he said.

Bob Nelson, chief executive officer of the town's Bank of Commerce, echoed Williams' faith in the townspeople.

"You'll probably notice when you come in to town, people like to wave and speak to you,” he said. "It's just our way of saying welcome to the area.”

Across the road from the bank, Stacey Rice said he was working as a police officer when he got the call.

"I was the second officer on the scene,” he said. "It was the first time I had ever seen a crime like that. And it's affected more than just those families. This has affected the whole town.”

Rice, a police officer and paramedic, said he is worried about his teenage boys, and he said he can only imagine what other parents in town are feeling.

"There's not much you can say to comfort them, either,” he said. "Kids have the right to be outside without being in danger. You can say parents can help by taking precautions and keeping a close eye on their kids, but there are just no guarantees.”

Contributing: State Correspondent Sheila Stosgdill and The Associated Press

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