Leaders try to reassure South Boston community

SOUTH BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH) — Monday, family and friends will begin to say good-bye to a young woman who was kidnapped from her South Boston neighborhood and killed.

A wake for Amy Lord was scheduled for Monday afternoon in Springfield.

As police get closer to making an arrest, local leaders want answers and are demanding change to make sure this never happens again.

Flowers lined the apartment building where 24-year old, Amy Lord lived and was kidnapped from.

The terrifying events that unfolded too scary for some women living in the building – one father, helped his daughter move out.

“We don't feel comfortable; neither does my daughter, staying here after something like that. We’re just sad that evil exists in this world and this poor young woman had to face it,” he said.

City leaders hope a community meeting tonight will ease fears and reassure neighbors they're safe.

But state representative, Nick Collins said he's heard from too many people wondering why police didn't tell them about Lord's murder and two other assaults that all happened within hours and blocks of each other.

“I think something we've been hearing about is looking for more police on the beat and a sustainable effort there,” said Collins.

Police have a person of interest in Lord's case, Edwin Alemany.

He’s already been arrested for other assaults.

But neighbors want to know if Alemany should have been caught months ago.

Police said a woman beaten unconscious – managed to grab her attacker's wallet and ID.

That ID belonged to Alemany, but he was never charged.

“She had the ID. It seems like somebody dropped the ball along the line somewhere,” said one woman.

“If he had been punished for that, perhaps we never would have been facing this. So I'm livid about that,” said the father.

The community will have their chance to voice their concerns at a community meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Tynan Elementary School.