Violent death of great-great-grandmother triggers call for more security

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BROWNSVILLE -

Family and friends gathered outside the Carter G. Woodson Houses in Brownsville Wednesday to call for stepped up security measures in the wake of the violent death of 83-year-old Jacolia James.

James was found with trauma to her head and body inside her apartment last week.

No arrests have been made.

Residents and family members say there is not a single security camera in the complex. They are calling for NYCHA to install them to keep people safe.

James had six kids, more than a dozen grandkids, more than three dozen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

James’ family and friends remember her as someone who treated everyone in the building as family. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at Brownsville Baptist Church.

NYCHA says it staffs a security guard at the building until 1 a.m. It says funding for security cameras doesn't come from the Housing Authority.

NYCHA released a statement that said in part: "Our hearts go out to Ms. James' family and friends. We will continue to work with our elected, agency and community partners to enhance and ensure the safety of our residents.”

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