ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Immigrants who left their war-torn countries for the safety of the United States could not have imagined they would be killed here but the deaths of two immigrants in recent weeks has their communities on edge.
The Bosnian Chamber of Commerce is holding a crime prevention meeting Wednesday night in the wake of two deadly shootings of immigrants by alleged robbers.
Bosnian Chamber head Sadik Kukic has been in the United States for 20 years and says it is a scary time in the city.
“It started happening maybe a year ago, when I started seeing different things, that people are selling drugs in the neighborhood,” Kukic says.
He says immigrant residents and business owners are telling him they don’t feel safe and some are even talking about moving out of the city into St. Louis County.
“They are really upset and scared, to be honest with you,” Kukic says.
Kukic hopes the meeting and rally will encourage more involvement by neighbors to reduce crime and increase safety. He says seven years ago residents were able to cut crime in half by banding together and watching out for each other. He believes that’s the way to increase safety now, for good people to get involved.
The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Bosnian Chamber headquarters at 5030 Gravois.