“But we really don’t think about it much anymore,” Vines added.
That is what the neighbors seem to want — a return to normalcy.
Doris Moody, who was the driving force behind the block party, said cars still sometimes drive slowly back and forth in front of the church parsonage, but not as often as in the past.
“We really just wanted to bring the community together. That’s the purpose of this gathering,” she said at the party. “The idea is to regroup as neighbors on Country Meadow Drive and just get to know each other in an effort to bond as a family and bring a little happiness to the street.”
Another neighbor who was happy to take part in the gathering was Dr. Trish Harris, who has lived there since 2000.
Harris describes her neighborhood as “a little hidden community on a cul-de-sac.”
“It was disconcerting that it happened so close to home,” she said about the murder, “but we’re trying to bring people a lot closer together. We never took the time to get together before that happened.”
Harris said neighbors all over can learn something valuable from the January incident.
“I think we can learn to get more involved with people,” she said. “If we can just that away from this situation.”
The neighbors on Country Meadow Drive have started that process.