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Community Looks for Answers in Milton Homicide


MILTON, Del. - The emotion is evident as soon as you enter the Park Royal Apartment Complex in Milton. A memorial, made up of candles, letters, and teddy bears lines a door of the 400 building. Meanwhile, an impromptu chalk memorial was crafted on a parking spot in the main lot. 

All of this follows an early-morning homicide Monday that has put much of the community on edge. Now some community members are calling for increased lighting to improve safety in the typically calm neighborhood.

The shooting, which took place shortly before 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning, took the life of 20-year old Rogelio Martinez Hernandez, who was sitting in his car outside of the apartment complex. His 14-year old brother was also sitting in the car, and suffered gun wounds. According to DSP, the brother remains in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

Milton resident Ernest Smith told WBOC that the light, located in the parking lot adjacent to where the shooting took place, had been out for a long period of time.

"We need more lighting," he said. "And we need cameras. Maybe if cameras were set up, and more lighting, it never would have happened."

WBOC went to the office of Amy Spahr, who oversees the apartment complex. She did not offer an official comment, although she confirmed that the light, adjacent to the lot is broken. However, she said that the complex had since reported this outage to Delmarva Power to have it repaired.

Shawntasia Tripp, who planned a vigil for the brothers Monday evening, told WBOC that in her eyes, the lighting concerns go beyond this one street light.

"I think we do need more lights out here," she said. "There are lights out here but they are dim. And it's not enough to cover the parking lot."

Through an email, Milton Mayor Marion Jones told WBOC that she was looking into intervening any way she could to request additional lighting. However she said that the town does not control the lighting on buildings or within the interior grounds of private property."

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