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Push for lights in Peter Pan Park

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By: Brittany Paris
bparis@klkntv.com

A memorial for Jarvis Long still sits in Peter Pan Park, where he was found stabbed to death almost two weeks ago.

Police still don't have any suspects, and Long's friends and family say the lack of lighting the park could've contributed to his death.

"If there was a proper, appropriate lighting in the park, it could prevent crimes," Joshua Fernandez, Long's friend, said.

Fernandez started a petition to ask the city to put more lights and install cameras in the area to make it safer. So far, they have more than 1,100 signatures.

"We're all in this together. We're all doing this together and it starts with the people," he said.

Lincoln Parks and Rec says because of the stabbing, they've been looking into making the park safer, too.

"We want to do a community meeting here in the park and actually do a walk-through in the park after hours and look at where there may be some areas of low light and see," Lynn Johnson, Lincoln Parks and Recreation Director, said.

He says most of the lights in the park, there are only a handful, are on the east end where they playground is.

But putting in additional lighting doesn't come cheap. Once electricity is established in the area, each light runs 3,000 to 5,000 dollars.

The new City Impact center will be built adjacent to the park this summer.

"That may provide us with an opportunity to look at the possibility of attaching video cameras to that building," Johnson said.

Fernandez says he thinks his petition is successful, and with the additional lighting, he hopes to shed light on the situation.

"Lincoln is a good city and we shouldn't be going through this type of crime," he said.

Parks and Rec will hold a public meeting in the near future so residents in the area can weigh in. Johnson says the main goal right now is to prevent crime and make sure people feel safe.

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