Home Invasion leaves one dead in South Memphis

"We growed up here," says Yolanda Robinson.

She and her sister Wanda have seen a lot of changes along Patton Street since then. Some of them have not been so good.

"I think it's a shame," says Wanda.

The most recent crime to hit close to home happened early Tuesday at 1498 Patton. Tommy Strong was shot during a home invasion, stumbled down the block, and died. A bouquet of flowers now mark the spot.

"Somebody had just robbed him, you know, a couple of nights before this here happened," says friend Reggie Brewer.

That was the second murder within 30 days in this neighborhood. Our crime-track reveals more than a hundred other crimes have also occurred. Neighbors say the city should start cleaning things up by cutting overgrown grass, weeds, and bushes. They also want vacant houses boarded up.

"These two duplexes here--they are empty," Yolanda points to another vacant building.

The Robinson sisters say Neighborhood Watch here has all but died.

"Each neighborhood has its own share of problems--and this one has its share," says MPD Sgt. Vince Higgins.

But police say they can't combat crime by themselves.

"We can't do it alone--the Memphis Police Department needs the help of the community," says Higgins.

The Robinson sisters are ready and willing. They're not ready to give up on the place where they grew up.

The suspect who killed their friend Tommy Strong remains at large. Another man was also shot during this home invasion. He was in non-critical condition at last check.