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Fatal shooting raises concerns for residents of Cary apartment complex

Posted September 2, 2014

— A fatal shooting last month outside a Cary apartment building has some residents concerned about their safety and whether the apartment complex managers have their best interest in mind.

Wendy Jean Johnson, 58, was shot and killed during an apparent robbery attempt at Hyde Park Apartments on the night of Aug. 22. Johnson, a home health nurse from Sanford, had been visiting a patient at the time.

"Having lived here for 10 years, this is not something that normally happens," Kristy Boykin said Tuesday. "This is not a crime-ridden apartment complex. I feel very safe here."

Other residents, however, say the shooting has changed their perspective of safety and that they don't feel safe.

Some also have questions about the apartment managers’ commitment to safety after it took them several days after the shooting to officially notify residents.

They were frustrated by the letter's wording, which includes a statement informing them that "your well-being is your responsibility and that of local law enforcement."

"You want to feel like they care about your safety," Boykin said.

Property manager Scott Marcewski says the management does care about tenant safety.

A meeting was scheduled for Tuesday evening for residents to hear how they can better protect themselves.

Marcewski says the apartment complex management is also re-evaluating lighting with the help of Cary police and has also hired an off-duty police officer to patrol after-hours.

Brian Austin is a police officer who oversees Hyde Park as part of the Town of Cary's Project Phoenix, a program started about three years ago that's focused on making apartment communities safer.

The majority of complexes, including Hyde Park, are involved in the program.

"It's unnerving. It would be unnerving for anybody," said Austin of Johnson's death. "There's no dancing around that or trying to avoid that."

Meanwhile, Cary police have arrested Daniel Scott Remington, 36, of 501-B6 Gooseneck Drive, on a charge of murder in connection with Johnson's death. His girlfriend, Jessica Renee Parrisher, 28, has been charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

Although investigators haven't commented publicly on the crime, a search warrant indicates that Remington told police he shot Johnson when she fought back when he tried to steal her purse.

He's being held without bond in the Wake County Detention Center. Parrisher was in jail Tuesday under a $100,000 bond.


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  • Don Dickerson Sep 3, 2014
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    We have chased our own tails so far down the rabbit hole that you seriously CAN'T protect yourself from criminals anymore without violating someone's "civil rights". "Understanding" and "accommodation" have gotten us completely twisted around here. The manager of Horseshoe Mobile Home Park couldn't care less about security for the few legal residents left in the wake of the invasion, but does anyone care? So far, not a whit. Blame the media for not asking questions and the local governments for not insisting laws be adhered to when THIS story breaks.

  • Amy Smathers Sep 3, 2014
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    As someone who used to live here, many of the residents do not have a problem with the wording, and are very aware it is their responsibility to stay safe. They are frustrated with the lack of response. 10 days for a meeting? 4 days for management to acknowledge it even happened? There are some, unfortunately, who are trying to blame this incident on Hyde Park Management and need a large dose of reality. Unless you live in the Kennedy compound, this could have happened anywhere. Prayers to the victims family.

  • roadrider18 Sep 3, 2014

    Well, YOU are responsible for your safety!

    No one else and no other entity!

    Constitution does not provide for your safety, on your liberty.

    The Supreme Court of the US (Castle Rock v. Gonzales, No. 04-278) ruled that their is no Constitutional obligation for law enforcement to protect citizens from crime.

    So, if you do not want to be a victim, learn how to protect YOURSELF!

  • winemaker81 Sep 3, 2014

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    If this woman was knifed or beaten, you wouldn't even notice. Stop promoting irrational fear with inaccurate statements.

    Violent crime has been reducing for 20 years, as indicated by FBI statistics. The worse areas for shootings are in the places where gun control is the strongest. Also indicated by FBI statistics.

    No place is fully safe. Crime can and will happen anywhere. Even in Cary. We are all responsible for our own safely.

  • Viewer Sep 3, 2014

    They were frustrated by the letter's wording, which includes a statement informing them that "your well-being is your responsibility and that of local law enforcement."

    Unless these folks want to live behind high fences and barbed wire with armed guards checking their papers each time they enter the complex they ARE responsible for THEIR own safety.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Sep 3, 2014

    The epidemic of fatal shootings across the country should raise concerns for every sane resident of this nation.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 3, 2014

    "They were frustrated by the letter's wording, which includes a statement informing them that "your well-being is your responsibility and that of local law enforcement."" - article

    How dare the apartment complex smack them in the face with REALITY!

    "the apartment complex management is also re-evaluating lighting" - article

    Too much lighting is often the problem. The glare blinds the innocent, while the criminals can hide in the dark shadows it creates. Low level lighting is better, so your eyes can adjust, and see everything.