Updated: Monday, 27 Jul 2009, 10:29 PM EDTPublished : Monday, 27 Jul 2009, 10:29 PM EDT
By SIMON SHAYKHETFOX 2 News
DETROIT (WJBK) - A Detroit man fears for his mother's safety after suspected gang members break in and trash her home.
"This is the one place you're supposed to feel safe. That's supposed to be secure," said Marcel Sewell. "They just crept through the window like it was nothing."
Paint splattered on the floor. Graffiti all over the walls and a TV stand missing a television. That's the calling card of a group of suspected gang members who signed "7 Mile".
"They don't care. There's no feeling there. There's no compassion. There's no understanding," Sewell said.
They terrorized the Detroit woman's home while she was gone over the weekend. Her son agreed to talk with FOX 2 because his mother is just too shook up. He says the punks make mom want to leave the city she's called home for nearly 30 years.
"We worked hard for what we have in here. It wasn't given to us. You had to get up and go to work for that," said Sewell.
Detroit Police are now monitoring the house and following up on leads. In the meantime, Sewell, who grew up here near Seven Mile Road, has already moved back in to make sure his mother is safe.
Sewell tells FOX 2 that he refuses to fear the streets where he grew up. However, there's no question things have changed. "It takes a village to raise a child," he said. "These children are raising themselves now."
Despite the new locks, more had to be done. So, the Problem Solvers reached out for help and the called was answered.
"We felt we had to get involved," said Karen Majeske of Guardian Alarm Company.
Guardian Alarm was so appalled by what happened, they are now donating a state of the art alarm system. That way, the family will have their peace of mind back and know they're secure 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"She just kept thanking me over and over and said that she's been in her home since 1980 and she doesn't want to leave," said Majeske. "She will feel so safe with that alarm system in the home protecting her."
"So when she goes into work and comes home, she knows she has some place that's not going to be violated," Sewell said.
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