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UPDATE: Friend and neighbors react to homicide arrest

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Posted By: Hannah Paczkowski & Bill Schammert
Hpaczkowski@klkntv.com or bschammert@klkntv.com

An arrest has been made in a month-long homicide investigation.

Saturday, police arrested 30-year-old LaRon Branch of Omaha. He's been charged with manslaughter and use of a weapon to commit a felony in the death of 27-year-old Jarvis Long.

Long was stabbed to death on January 16th at Peter Pan Park near 33rd and Vine streets.

Police won't release any additional information.

Neighbors said they feel a little relieved.

"It does make us feel a lot safer. It makes the neighborhood a little safer, they don't need to be on the streets," Brandy May said.

Police said this is still an ongoing investigation and other arrests could be made in connection to the homicide. One of Long's longtime friends says this is just the first step.

"It made me think that there's hope and there's more pieces to the puzzle that can be solved," Joshua Fernandez said. 

Fernandez is also hoping to shed light on the situation, literally.  He wants to add lights to Peter Pan Park, much of which is completely unlit during the night.

"The more that we show progress in the community, and help our community - help Lincoln become the place it's known as, a safe place," he said.

He already has nearly 1,500 signatures and is hoping for more.

Neighbors say they've also got a plan, they're starting a neighborhood watch.

"The whole neighborhood, we know whose kids are whose, so we kind of keep an eye on them," May said.

Police plan on releasing more information Tuesday morning.

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