HEMPSTEAD - The Guardian Angels patrolled Hempstead for the first time after a stray bullet struck and killed a girl inside her home.
The bullet struck 12-year-old Dejah Joyner on Oct. 16. According to the Guardian Angels, residents asked them to patrol Hempstead after the crime. Residents hope the group will make a difference.
"We're gonna be here on a regular basis, which is gonna affect all their other businesses," Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa said, referring to criminals.
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The volunteer neighborhood watch group walked the streets Sunday, handing out fliers to houses. The patrol was the group's first in Nassau County; members usually patrol the streets of Suffolk County.
The group hopes someone will come forward with information that will lead to an arrest in the case. A $75,000 reward is being offered.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Nassau Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.