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Notes: Schools and business owners say unrest at Bradlee Shopping Center has settled in recent months

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Police at the Bradlee Shopping Center where 18-year-old Luis Mejia Hernandez was fatally stabbed on May 24, 2022. (staff photo by James Cullum)

In the wake of a fatal stabbing and several other violent incidents, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) and local police have been cracking down on truancy and bad behavior at the Bradlee Shopping Center. Local businesses told WTOP: it’s working.

Superintendent Melanie Kay-Wyatt said she and other ACPS staff members, along with Alexandria Police Department officers, occasionally go to Bradlee Shopping Center to direct students there back to school. Meanwhile, the Alexandria Police Department has been increasing its presence at the shopping center after school hours.

Businesses in the shopping center told WTOP that the changes have been having a positive effect.

WTOP reported that an assistant manager at Batteries Plus Bulbs said the number of students in the shopping center declined over the last year since police started escorting them away, and that fights in the area have gone down. Another manager at a shoe repair shop Best Foot Forward said there have been more police in the shopping center recently and sometimes they check in on stores.

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