The murder shook Nashville, and even more so, the Chestnut Hill community.
“When I saw that it was very disturbing,” said Terry Vo.
As Nashville closed in on 100 homicides in 2017, a family was wrestling with the sudden loss of their husband and father who was shot and killed while grabbing his trash cans on Claiborne Street.
“I couldn’t imagine it happening to our family, but it did,” said Yun Wang, whose father was murdered. “This has to stop.”
It’s now Spring 2018 and the horror of that murder will never be lost, but people like Terry Vo, and others living in this part of South Nashville, are fighting for their neighborhood and a quality of life.
“We’re trying to get the neighbors who one, have lived here for decades, and [also] those who moved here less than a year ago,” Vo explained.
Vo is the director of her neighborhood watch group in Chestnut Hill. They meet regularly with police, sign up new members, all to create a system of communication and crime alerts.
“It’s immediately letting my neighbors know so that we can all be watching out for each other,” said Vo.
Vo knows there’s work to do and things don’t change overnight.
“We heard a giant pound on the door, and then my door alarm went off,” she recalled.
She told News 2 she recently had a break-in attempt at her house.
“It was very nerve-racking, and especially so, having people over.”
It was just a close call, but also a reminder to be ready for anything. Vo, and anyone else she can recruit, will make it their mission to be on watch.
“Don’t react to it, but start now,” Vo said. “Don’t wait for a crime to happen, meet together, meet your neighbors and already have that system built.”