Fairgrounds Residents Feel The Security Has Always Been A Problem


Four teddy bears, which stand for shooting victim Rachel Garret’s 4 children, decorate the her front door at Rockford’s Fairgrounds Housing Complex.

“It’s really heart-warming to see she’s being remembered. It’s sad that she lost her life, but its heart-warming to see people are trying to remember her, so her death won’t be in vain,” says Fairgrounds resident, Charisse Haynes.

Garret was shot and killed in her home on Tanner Court two weeks ago. She is survived by four children.

Police say she was killed by a stray bullet. Friends of Garret’s remembered her at a vigil Tuesday night by wearing sweaters with her name on the back, and placing a picture of her on her front door.

The Rockford Housing Authority plans to use a security company called Securitas to start patrolling all low-income housing complexes they control, after the first of the year.

Former residents, like Tasha Allen, are doubtful it will do much good. “[Former company] Metro patrolled on foot too. They patrolled on foot, in car, and there were still shootings and killings,” says Rachel’s friend, Tasha Allen.

Friends of Garret say it shouldn’t take tragedies like hers for action to be taken. “I think it’s sad for her to lose her life for this to happen. I don’t think that’s fair for us to have to come together like this, and she lost her life. That’s’ not fair,” says Allen.

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