PIERSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - As Montcalm County Deputies circle the area where a couple was murdered, with their home set on fire, neighbors have grown nervous.
"I hope they wouldn't want to come back to the neighborhood," Michael Mahanick, a teen who lives nearby, said. "It makes me a little bit nervous knowing they could come back at anytime. You never knew who they could go after."
Many people who live around there described themselves as "shocked" after hearing the news about Michael and Kathleen Greene.
"I was kind of in shock and awe like 'what really happened?'" Brandon McClure, a teen who also lives nearby, said. "But then I heard... they're treating it as a homicide."
McClure said he wonders where the Greene's attackers came from.
They lived on lakeshore property so they could have come across the lake.
"At first, you're scared and then sad because it happened to your neighbors," Marlene McKenney said. "When they announced it was a homicide, you start wondering 'Oh geez, do I lock my doors at night?'"
McKenney and her husband moved to the quiet Pierson Township neighborhood about 10 years ago to get away from crime. They said, they realize now, it can happen to anyone, anywhere.
Since the attack, many neighbors say they've tried to be more careful and secure their property better.
"I locked my pole barn last night when I usually don't unless we're gone," Doyle McKenney said. "But I'd hate to go in there in the morning and have someone surprise me."
"We talked about letting the dog run around loose. He wouldn't hurt [an intruder], just lick him to death," Marlene McKenney said. "You know, the noise might deter somebody."
McClure doesn't believe there's much that can be done, but he's started looking out more and making sure the doors are locked at night.
"You never know who it is or why they did it," he said. "Or who they may be after next or if they're on the run. Who knows?"
This street is no stranger to murder. Just six years ago, the couple who lived next door to McClure and Mahanick were convicted of killing a woman in their shed. They're now serving a prison sentence.
A donation account has been set up to help the family with its search to find a missing loved one.
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