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Oakwood residents meet after home invasion

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Residents of Raleigh's Oakwood neighborhood met Thursday evening just days after a brutal home invasion hit two of their own.

Those in attendance at a packed neighborhood association meeting said they want safety and police assurances following the attack. However, they also said they feel more united than ever.

On the way into the meeting, people told ABC11 that they were going to talk about the recent attack and how they plan to move forward.

"We've been violated," said Oakwood resident Richard Kaznicki

Kaznicki voiced what many people in the historic, and close-knit Oakwood neighborhood feel after a married couple was attacked in their home.

"I guess we all feel that it could have been any one of us," said Kaznicki.

The wife was sexually assaulted and her husband was shot. At last report, he was paralyzed. The incident happened early Monday morning on East Lane Street.

"I think these events have really startled people," said Oakwood resident Michael Burkel. "I've heard of neighbors who are frightened in their homes and are worried about their safety."

The neighborhood has since come together in support of the victims and each other. A prayer vigil was held Wednesday evening.

While there is a heightened sense of fear and awareness, some residents say it's still home and overall they feel safe.  

"The community is very strong. We always have been," said Oakwood resident Terri Cabot. "We all pull together and I think we're probably one of the safest communities."

Residents at the meeting told ABC11 it was very emotional and powerful.

The two brothers charged with the crime in the Oakwood neighborhood are also being charged in connection with another home invasion in North Raleigh in December.

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