Community forms neighborhood watch with Converse PD after fatal shooting at playground


CONVERSE - MacArthur Park residents are banding together and fighting crime by forming a neighborhood watch with Converse PD.

This comes after 17-year-old Zachary Segura was shot in the head at the community playground on Sunday.

"Obviously, they are shocked, they are scared," Converse Police Chief Fidel Villegas said.

It was just six days ago the neighborhoods sense of security was taken away, now they are meeting with police to form a neighborhood watch at the same place of the shooting.

"I believe that the community is coming together in a way that it wasn't before," Moises Soto said.

Residents like Soto are organizing a neighborhood watch with Converse PD and some are even going as far as signing up for a 14-week Citizen Police Academy.

All of them with the same goal in mind.

"To allow people to feel safer again," Soto said. "To have people walk around with their dogs and their kids without fear of anything happening like this again."

While neighbors band together in hopes to make their community safe again.

They say they will always keep in mind the family who lose a loved one just last weekend.

"I can't even imagine what this family is going through," Soto said. "Our hearts go out for them."

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