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Brooklyn Park comes together for National Night Out after tragedy

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    Tuesday, August 7 2012 6:50 PM EDT2012-08-07 22:50:52 GMT
    National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anti-crime efforts.
    National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anti-crime efforts. The founder of the program felt that a high-profile, high-impact type of crime prevention event was needed nationally.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (KMSP) -

Across the country and here in the metro, neighbors came together on Tuesday night to look for ways to keep crime off their streets -- and in one metro neighborhood, that effort is a little more urgent in the wake of a triple murder. 

Several cities reported a huge turnout, including Brooklyn Park, where 20 new parties were added this year. FOX 9 News reporter Jody Ambroz was there speaking with many people who are hoping to make a difference.

The kids certainly kept the party going in College Park as they waited for the glow parade to begin, but this year's gathering is much more than a community cookout. For many in the area, National Night Out was the first opportunity where everyone could come together since an awful tragedy.

"We are trying to get the neighborhood together," Jackie Christopherson told FOX 9 News.

Along 78th Avenue North, National Night Out used to be a yearly event. This year, neighbors decided it was time to revive the tradition. Brooklyn Park ranks number one for participation among cities of its size, and it has a list of awards dating back more than two decades.

"It's about camaraderie, community," said organizer Norma Jo Antolak.

Neighbors in the area say they want everyone to know that there are people watching out for kids and grandchildren after a horrific triple-murder inside a day care shocked the community and left Delois Brown and her elderly parents dead.

Some neighbors admitted that it took that violent crime to get the community talking again, and residents are still a bit uneasy even though the suspected gunman, Eddie Mosley, is now in jail.

Police say neighbors are still the best defense against crime -- especially since when neighbors know each other, they help each other.

Did you attend National Night Out? If so, we hope you brought a camera because we'd love to see your photos. You can upload them here or e-mail them to photos@foxtv.com.

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