BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Wednesday evening Corey Arrington Jr., spent his 18th birthday in the Jefferson County Jail. He is charged with robbery and capitol murder in the brutal beating death of Domino’s delivery driver, Najeh Masaeid. Now that police have a suspect in custody, neighbors living at The District at the Summit Apartment Homes say they can sleep a little easier. A makeshift memorial and a fresh coat of white paint is all that is left of the gruesome crime scene where Masaeid’s beaten body was found. Kara Lancaster lives on the same ground floor where the attack happened.
“He was right in front of our next door neighbor’s door,” said Lancaster.
She says the panic she felt that night will haunt her forever.
“I thought, ‘this is so surreal. He’s going to get up, right?’ I (told the police) I didn’t hear anything and at that point I was kind of hyperventilating,” Lancaster said.
As a mother with two small children, she says since the incident she has been extremely cautious.
“We were so thankful to God that they caught him,” said Lancaster.
Noah Holtkamp stays with a relative in the same apartment building. He says the atmosphere at the complex has changed. “Families just come out in the middle of the night and take their dogs for walks and go running at any given time. Is is somewhere that has…or had a real family atmosphere. Now everyone’s just on their guard all the time,” said Holtkamp.
Holtkamp shares a mutual friend on Facebook with the suspect. He showed us Arrington’s page. On Wednesday morning it was filled with birthday greetings and messages of support. We spoke with a relative on the phone that identified herself only as Arrington’s grandmother. She says, “I am sorry for this and sorry for the family. Please pray for both families. I don’t know how or why this happened.”
Property managers are still not commenting on the case. However, they have distributed a flyer encouraging people to be aware of their surroundings and keep their windows and doors locked.
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