Friends of a Lincoln man found murdered in Peter Pan Park are coming together to ask the city to make safety improvements in the area.
"It’s Lincoln, it shouldn’t be like this,” said Scott Nannen, whose friend, 27-year-old Jarvis Long, was found dead in the park at North 31st and W streets on January 16th. Long had been stabbed multiple times.
His friends say it’s unfortunate it took a tragedy to take action. “I’m trying to start a petition to help lower the crime rate at Peter Pan Park, to put up lights and security cameras, said Joshua Fernandez.
Not everyone agrees that security cameras would make a difference. “The cameras aren’t necessary because it’s an invasion of privacy," said Andrew Windle. "This being a public park, citizens don’t want a security agency looking at footage of them."
The park has been the scene of a lot of crime. Police records indicate officers were dispatched to the area 68 times last year for assaults, vandalism and drug activity.
“I have to look around constantly and feel on edge and my eyes on my children all the time,” said Diane Morrill. “I think it would be a great step forward to help protect our children here in Lincoln and any other children from other cities.”
“We’re trying to protect the community and doing it the right way," said Fernandez. "Hopefully the city of Lincoln can understand that and we can make a change together." So far, Fernandez and his friends have collected more than 400 signatures and hope to get at least 600 more.
Long's murder remains unsolved. Anyone with information is asked to call LPD at 402-441-6000.