A Southeast Memphis community is looking for ways to protect its children after a gruesome discovery Friday morning. A motel maid found a man dead in his room at the DeLuxe Inn and Suites on Lamar. Another worker there called it a bloodbath.
Police say there is little information to go on, but this isn't the first time they've been called there. The Shelby County D.A. Shut down the Deluxe Inn in 2004, calling it a nuisance after repeated reports of drug activity and prostitution.
Less than two weeks earlier, at Motel 78 down the street, police found two men shot dead in a room and one in critical condition outside.
"The neighborhood we're in, there are already a lot of drugs going on around here and you've got prostitutes and all of that stuff going on," said neighbor Christian Lofton.
Jessie Buckley pastors at Abounding Grace church around the corner from the Friday morning crime scene. He's worried by how often he hears about the violence.