Thursday, September 16, 2010

Neighbors fearful of violence in the desert

In the wake of a recent murder, where a man was shot and burned on the Ironwood Forest National Monument this weekend, people living in the area are worried for their safety. "These things happen a lot, and have happened over the years quite a bit." Cindy Coping is talking about the violence near her home Northwest of Tucson. "You're very aware of your surroundings at all times, you're armed most of the time. And you know when somebody's coming down the road you take notice of it and you get a good look at them," Coping said. Coping, a cattle rancher, worries because of incidents like this when detectives found a body shot and burned South of her ranch this weekend. "It came to a head in 2007 when we had a murder out here, a mass shooting." She's referring to a shooting that happened just outside their home. Four gunmen opened fire on this truck carrying 10 illegal immigrants, three of them died. "People were left out here, some of them were, they were spread out over quite a distance."...more

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