Topekans Meet To Take Back Streets, Following East-Side Violence

By: Marques White
By: Marques White

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topekans held a rally to take back their streets, following, the Christmas Eve killing of a liquor store clerk. The rally was held at “The Café Next Door,” located in the Hudson Crossing, where 41-year-old Matthew Hill was shot and killed at the Hudson Liquor Store.

Police have arrested 44-year-old Matthew Daniel Myers in connection with Hill’s slaying, but no arrests have been made, after two people were critically injured after a shooting at a convenience store in the same shopping center, in November.

Neighborhood association presidents and city council members attended the meeting.

"When I found out there was a killing, I had enough… and we said hey, what can we do," said Bob Schneider, President of the Highland Acres Neighborhood.

“That's what we're trying to do is get that person to say, I've had enough... Enough is enough. I'm not going to lock myself in a house... The ultimate goal of this group is to bring safety to Topeka," said Schneider.

The meeting on Monday comes ahead of the "Take Back Topeka" rally which will take place Wednesday, January 4th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hudson Crossing at S.E. 15th and Adams. The public is invited.

Organizers say Monday’s meeting was about taking steps to make Topeka a safer place.


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