Could Better CRPD Security Have Prevented Jessica's Killing?

A CBS 13 article brings up criticism of the Cordova Recreation and Park District.

The Cordova Recreation and Park District has been before, with residents questioning its maintenance practices and .

But now some residents are asking if better security in Rosemont Community Park could have prevented the killing of 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam, who was found dead in a dugout on March 6.

President Doug Haaland was critical of park district officials for not attending a community meeting held to address Jessica's homicide investigation, according to CBS 13.

“Why wasn’t the district at the meeting? I’m not 100 percent sure why the district wasn’t at the meeting,” CBS 13 quoted District Administrator James Rodems as saying.

The CBS 13 report brings up concerns about lighting and security patrols in the park, but adds that the park district "says they just don’t have the money."

Rosemont, could better lighting, the addition of surveillance cameras or better security patrols have saved Jessica's life? Vote in our poll below and leave a comment with your thoughts.

Anita Schaffner March 22, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Lori, I really think that if you lived by a park you would be wishing you weren't. I live right across the street, during little league we put up with people parking blocking our driveway then when we confront them we get yelled at, one lady actually drove on our lawn to turn around in the middle of the street, litter everywhere after games, they try to pick it up but doesn't always work. Unsavory people in the park almost all the time. I've called the school several times about kids hiding under the stairway of the snack bar. The school sent someone over but they saw him coming and hid around the other side then came back out when he left. Beer bottles all over even though there is not supposed to be alcohol in the park. They are supposed to be there after dark either but that doesn't stop them. Tina - living across the street I hear yelling and screaming kids all the time, if I called everytime I heard it there would be a sherrif there 24/7. On second thought maybe that would work.
Anita Schaffner March 22, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Sorry, should have said they aren't supposed to be there after dark.
Dawn March 29, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Times are hard budget cuts have been hard on the CRPD. They Just laid off over half of their maintenence department and suffered the loss of an employee. The middle school has cameras as they may not be efficient enough they do work. CRPD should not be blamed for the death of that little girl. Why dont we focus more on catching the guy who did it rather than trying to blame anyone we feel we can.
Lori P. April 02, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Perhaps this horrible event will bring more security/lighting to the park?
Ella Nersesyan February 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM
It's a sad situation, either way. I don't know how many tears I've cried when I heard the news. I grew up on parfait dr., going to the park when I was younger then her. Play basket ball with my older brothers which were her age at the time. We never had death like this! It's disturbing and wrong and my husband wont let me out when it dark cuz of what happen, and the man never been found. I hope they find the guy and that her soul can some how find peace and some how find her happiest place and start living some how


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