Group Goes Door to Door to Reassure North Mpls Residents of Safety

Updated: 05/04/2015 5:00 PM
Created: 02/13/2014 7:09 PM
By: Todd Wilson

A recent murder in North Minneapolis has neighbors concerned about their safety.

Police say Devon Parker knocked on Thomas Sonnenberg's door Jan. 31 asking for help. The 69-year-old let him in and moments later, Sonnenberg was shot with his own gun. That news, along with crime statistics from North Minneapolis have some neighbors afraid to open their doors.

Pastor Harding Smith and a group of friends are trying to bring a message to North Minneapolis residents. "Right now with the community being paralyzed by fear we feel that's the best way to reach our residents," he said.

The small assembly started walking from the McKinley Community Center at the intersection of 33rd and North Lyndale Avenue, and headed west on 33rd to Aldrich Avenue.

KSTP was with the group when Smith knocked on the door of Michael Fievelend. "I want to give you a card and some information. If you feel afraid there are a list of numbers you can call," he said.

Fievelend says seeing the group going door to door should have an affect on the neighborhood.

"His concern for everybody because something tragic happened," Fievelend said. 

During the walk there was a police presence. Officers say they need the community's help to stomp out crime.    

"It's not the police alone that are going to accomplish this, we're going to need the help from every neighbor," Lieutenant Michael Friesteben of the Minneapolis Police Department said.

Smith says this community is our community. He says it is a place where fear has no home 

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