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Published March 07, 2012, 10:27 PM

Area of homicide notorious to Fargo Police

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - That murder scene is in a notoriously troubled part of the city. It's often a prime target for certain crimes. There have been armed robberies, a stabbing, even a homicide all in a matter of months.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

That murder scene is in a notoriously troubled part of the city. It's often a prime target for certain crimes. There have been armed robberies, a stabbing, even a homicide all in a matter of months.

Police call those cases anomalies. They say they are not connected and the parties knew each other, but there is no question steps are being taken to keep this crime ridden neighborhood safer.

Dennis Kirschenmann has lived in this building for 25 years.

Dennis Kirschenmann – Apartment Renter: “It ain't as boring as living in one of the high end places.”

In that time, he's seen a spike in crime.

Dennis Kirschenmann: “Stabbings. Unexplained deaths. Robberies. A lot of transients.”

The city of Fargo is broken into 4 districts, each with three beats. Beat 32 is from 25th Street South to the Red River and 21st to 41st Avenues. The scene of this latest murder is next to Kirschenmann's building.

Lt. Joel Vettel – Fargo Police: “This could happen anywhere.”

This neighborhood has many apartments with young people, often who become victims of crimes of convenience. Property crimes are the biggest problem. From January 10th to February 6th, there were 21 serious crimes like theft and assault here. That’s up five from the same time last year. Compared to the beat just north of here, there were only 7 such crimes.

Lt. Joel Vettel: “It's similar to other areas with the same makeup of larger number of people in a smaller area.”

Kristi Hall – Anda Construction Property Manager: “We want to keep the building safe. We want families to be comfortable in their own homes.”

Property managers are hoping to stop problems before they happen. Anda Construction runs criminal and credit checks. Its policy doesn't allow anyone with a felony not 10 years old to rent; One-eighth of applicants are denied.

Kristi Hall: “And there are some felonies that will get you denied automatically no matter how old they are, like murder or kidnapping.”

For longtime renters like Kirschenmann, this murder doesn't have them scared. He plans to stay put, just lock his doors.

Dennis Kirschenmann: “You got to die sometime, I guess. If you're the one, you're going to be it.”

Landlords around here usually meet once a year with police. They talk about the trouble and what can be done to deal with the crimes.

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