Community Still Mourning the Death of Ahlittia North

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“I’m just glad they found him so he won’t do it to someone else,” says neighbor Joanna Jones.

“If they put men behind bars behind animals, this wasn’t an animal, this was a 6-year-old human being, a child. He needs to be locked up for the rest of his life,” says neighbor Roshakka Hanson.

Hours after investigators say Matthew Flugence admitted to stabbing 6-year-old Ahlittia North to death neighbors remain horrified.

“Every time I pass I just got to stop. It brings tears to my eyes,” says neighbor Shena Williams.

Tonight a makeshift memorial for the girl continues to grow.

Ahlittia’s mother says she can’t return home. The 6-year-old was found stabbed to death in a garbage can Tuesday morning footsteps from her door.

This morning Matthew Flugence told investigators he was still armed with the knife he used to kill Ahlittia Saturday morning. He’s behind bars tonight held without bail.

Gregory Brown says he’s sure his surveillance cameras helped bring justice. “They came to my house and they used my surveillance tapes. I was helping them any way I could because user through the whole block and I gave them something to catch him with,  so I’m glad, just glad he’s gone.”

Neighbors say Matthew Flugence lived in the area with.his mother. They say the family moved out three weeks ago. He’s the nephew of Ahlittia’s stepfather who denies knowing about the mans criminal past.

It’s not the summer Ahlittia’s family had planned. She lived with her cousin in Donaldsonville and spent summers with her mom. She had just arrived in Harvey in May.