Homicide on west side has hairstylist concerned for customer safety

Woman found dead, concerns about crime near Prince and Romero
Published: Sep. 5, 2018 at 9:43 PM MST|Updated: Sep. 6, 2018 at 5:22 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It has been an interesting day for businesses and homeowners near Prince and Romero. As residents in the area were waking up and driving to work on Wednesday morning, they were stopped by Tucson Police Department crime tape.

A woman in her 50s was found dead at a mobile home park. Investigators told Tucson News Now, they found a blood trail leading them to an apartment complex across the street. Police have not made any arrests in this case.

Hilda Ayla is a hairstylist and works close by to the crime scene. She was not shocked hearing the news of the homicide, as she also lives in the area.

"I have been through this 2 years ago," said Ayla. "So I wasn't really shocked. They say our neighborhood is not that great."

Ayla is sad that the woman died, but she questions what the women her age was doing in the area at almost 1 a.m., in what she says is not one of the safest neighborhoods in the city.

"That is very sad but I did say to my customers, at her age, what are we doing outside at that time," said Ayla.

Ayla has been doing hair for over 40 years, with the last three in a building near the crime scene. She would like to see police cut out the crime in the area.

According to Ayla there are people constantly walking around and she's worried about her customers.

"I have a lot of older customers here that I am afraid for them, not for me because they wouldn't know how to defend themselves. I do because I carry a very heavy purse," she said.

Police are asking for the public's help on this case. Anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME.

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