When my sister Nikita was killed, the police told me that every neighbour in a small apartment block at the end of the quiet street in which she was killed said they didn’t hear. Then they told me that she was stabbed no fewer than 35 times and it would have made for a loud crime scene, so they were appealing for witnesses.
I asked them, “Is that normal? How come no one heard anything?”
The homicide detectives told me that “people just don’t want to get involved”.
It saddens me that when Kim was killed, people heard her pleas for help, but did not call the police. We could have done things that were safe, would not put ourselves or our families at risk and helped a woman whose death could have ultimately been prevented at any point before the final action that took her life.
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