Woman from Ferguson Worried About Friends That Live in the Middle of Riots

By ISABELLA MOLLER | imoller@kark.com

Published 08/14 2014 10:14PM

Updated 08/15 2014 09:52AM

“You wouldn’t think that that could occur in your backyard and that’s exactly what’s occurring that would have been my backyard basically,” said Brandi Stone, who used to live less than a quarter mile from where Michael Brown was shot just days ago.

Brandi Stone moved to Fort Wayne just a few years ago, and where she moved from is Ferguson, Missouri. She describes her old neighborhood as similar to where she lives now in Fort Wayne.

“It would be like living here in Fort Wayne in a nice middle class suburb but when you go off that street you turn and within a matter of .2 miles you’re in a not so great area and when you make that turn it starts getting bad and it starts getting bad til you hit downtown roughly,” said Stone.

Since Stone moved, she still has several friends and neighbors that have the violence going on in their backyards.

“I could still be there I could still be right in the middle of it cause I lived within a matter of seconds from the store so its kinda scary and you still have friends that are there,” Stone said.

Stone said she calls her friends to make sure they are OK, but the people she really worries about are her elderly neighbors because they don’t want to leave their home.

Stone’s friends said they can’t get off their street because law enforcement wants to force people off the main roads and out of the area.

“Can’t leave can’t even go to the grocery store from my understanding because they can’t get off their street they’re blocking everything off,” said Stone.

With all the violence and protesting going on, Stone is blessed that she is not there during this time.

“I don’t want my children around something like this I don’t want them to experience this I’ve witnessed things and from being apart of similar things it’s very scary,” said Stone.

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