Downtown Commission debates safety after Mud Island murder

by: Jim Spiewak Updated:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Those on Mud Island are outraged by crime and are speaking out.

The Downtown Memphis Commission held a safety meeting Thursday night as part of a regular debate over how to keep the downtown areas safe. Not including Tuesday’s homicide, police records show there have been seven reported crimes on Mud Island in the last 90 days, five burglaries and two aggravated assaults.

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The most recent happened Sunday to Gary Shumate.

“It makes me a little nervous to be honest with you to be broken into that easily,” Shumate said over the phone from his Arkansas home.

Shumate lives in his Mud Island home part time. It’s being renovated. He says last Sunday, he came to town and realized someone entered through a window, disabled the alarm and made off with about $7,000 in TV’s, DVD players and tools.

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Shumate said there is no video of it and no one has been caught.

“They’re working on a program to gate that community and I think that’s what it’s going to come to,” Shumate said.

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A DMC member said safety improvements on Mud Island is not on the agenda but will probably come up. On Wednesday, neighbor Kim Nesbitt said she will be at the next safety meeting.

“I'm going to listen first because what I need to hear to stay here is that people are not going to take this with complacency,” Nesbitt said.   

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