Poll: Does Killing Make Rosemont Feel Less Safe?

Some parents at a vigil Wednesday said they're worried about safety.

Violence isn't something you hear about every day in Rosemont, but right now it seems to be all anyone can talk about.

That's because a 13-year-old from Albert Einstein Middle School was in a park that marks the center of Rosemont–a park that hosts and .

Authorities are treating the death as a homicide.

Visibly shaken parents and teens to remember the victim, Jessica Funk-Haslam, and wonder how something like this could happen in Rosemont.

Thursday evening, sheriff's department officials .

Parents will likely welcome any assurance authorities can give. At the vigil, Thelma Finch said her seventh-grader is "terrified."

Albert Einstein Middle School Principal Garrett Kirkland said he was encouraged by the fact that fewer kids were absent Wednesday than the day before, but said far more parents drove to pick their kids up than usual.

Sacramento City Unified School District Trustee Donald Terry, who represents Rosemont, said at the vigil that the park is located in an area where neighbors wave at each other when they're mowing their lawns. He said Rosemont is still a safe neighborhood.

Rosemont, what do you think? Was this killing an isolated incident, or does it change the way you feel about the safety of the area? Take our poll and leave a comment with your thoughts below.

Andrew Maalouf March 08, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I do not live in Rosemont. I live right outside of it. Like in college greens. The girl who past away was taken from over by LaRiveria drive. I live on LaRiveria dr. I think what we all have to realise is that stuff like this unfortunately happens everywhere.
Julie A. Thompson March 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Hi Cody, It is important to stress that in these times and no matter where you live Sacramento, Rosemont, Folsom, or Elk Grove dangers lurk. Bad things happen, but you can help by: Teaching your children rules, boundaries and the neccessity to check in. Parents TALK TO YOUR KIDS Teach them to know their surroundings, don't sneak out without someone knowing who you are with and where you are going. Leave a note, a record of your whereabouts, Be honest and know who your friends are. There really should be a curfew for kids under 18 and by all means report your children missing if you can't find or locate your children.
Carrillo March 10, 2012 at 07:38 AM
This crime has really shaken me up, way to close to home and a peer to one of my children. I will not feel fully safe until the killer is caught. Not knowing if it was a random act or a personal act makes it worse. I have 3 boys, one at Rosemont HS, one at Einstein & one at Marshall and I am very protective of them. My children don't get to stroll the neighborhood, they can have fridnds over & can hangout in a safe location. Sometimes they think I am to strict then something so unfortunate and sad like this happens & it proves me right. Keep your children close, know who they hang with & provide them with a safe alternative place to hangout..
S. Fournier March 11, 2012 at 06:38 AM
I have lived in this neighborhood for over 35 years my daughter is 36 and I was never worried for her safety here. There are pockets of areas where things are not so good but that is in every city. I feel Rosemont is a safe place to raise our children and Grandchildren. Parents need to be more alert and know their children's friends and know your neighbors so they can watch out for your children also. I believe that if we are a close net neighborhood and every one watches out for each other will can be even safer. I am so saddened for her family and pray for their loss and comfort.


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