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Posted at 1:43 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Manassas officials approve plan to revitalize Georgetown South following last week's shooting spree

By Jennifer Buske

The Manassas City Council on Monday approved a neighborhood revitalization and safety plan for the city's Georgetown South community, where a shooting spree last week left three people dead and three injured.

The resolution calls on the city's police chief to establish a three-man foot patrol unit for the South Grant area and for city zoning and property code officials to increase enforcement efforts in the community to ensure houses are in compliance with local codes.

The resolution asks city officials to work with the schools to enhance the number of afterschool activities available for students and for the land use committee to establish a strategy for neighborhood revitalization.

City council members also asked that the community development, public works and police departments provide a report that outlines the complaints, violations and crimes that have been reported in the Georgetown South community in recent years.

City officials and community volunteers began looking at ways to improve the Georgetown South area last year when 15-year-old Miguel Hernandez was stabbed to death while walking home from school. City officials, however, moved to immediately get the plan out following Thursday's shootings in which a man allegedly fatally shot a friend, his ex-girlfriend and her son and wounded three others.

Jose Oswaldo Reyes-Alfaro, 37, a Salvadoran native who was in the country illegally, was charged with three counts of murder and weapons violations. The first shootings happened about 7:20 p.m. Thursday on Hood Road, leaving Brenda Ashcraft, 56 and William Ashcraft, 37 dead and two others injured. About 30 minutes later, Reyes-Alfaro went to Brent Street, where he allegedly killed Julio Cesar Ulloa, 48 and used a machete to attack a 77-year-old woman.

Manassas City Manager Lawrence D. Hughes said the city's finance committee is expected to budget roughly $106,500 for the efforts during its Wednesday meeting.

All the departments involved must report to city council members in 60 days to brief them on what actions have been taken and what else can be done to make the aging Georgetown South community a safe and vibrant place to live.

By Jennifer Buske  | February 15, 2011; 1:43 PM ET
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That is great news, a wonderful response. Can you we use that energy and momentum to take foot patrols to the brent wood apartments, being there are business who have been robbed and bodies in the pond...I think you should not allow this one to fly under the radar.

Posted by: seanmoss | February 15, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

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