Guardian Angels provide sense of security in Seminole Heights

Group has walked 500 miles since first killing

TAMPA, Fla. -- They don't carry guns and can't make an arrest, but volunteers with the Guardian Angels are standing up to a killer. 

"We're like an extra set of eyes and ears for the police department," said one member walking in Southeast Seminole Heights Tuesday night. 

In a neighborhood on edge, every step provides a sense of security. 

Guardian Angels patrol Southeast Seminole Heights after linked homicides

"We've helped walk people to and from their vehicles and they're afraid to walk alone," said Ron Smith, who's been with the volunteer group for more than 30 years. We were glad to be a little bit of an assurance to them that they can be safe while we're here."

As a killer roams in the wake of a fourth death in Seminole Heights, Guardian Angels continue to patrol the streets, logging about 500 miles since the killings began in October. 

"It's just in your blood, it's just something that you're born with," said Smith. 

ABC Action News walked with a group of Guardian Angels Tuesday night. 

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"I had a calling, I had to come out here tonight and I'm going to be out here tomorrow night as well," said Raymond Fagnon. 

The Guardian Angels inspected a home under construction, making sure no one was hiding in the empty property. 

The group also stopped by area restaurants and bars, offering to walk customers to their cars. 

"I think having them here just provides an extra element of safety," said Catherine Preston, who ate at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe. 

The Guardian Angels have about 175 members in the Tampa Bay area. 

Members say they are taking shifts to patrol Southeast Seminole Heights during morning, afternoon, and at night. 

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