NORTH BRADDOCK (KDKA) — Residents in North Braddock are demanding answers following their elderly neighbor’s death after someone broke into her home and tied her up in her bed.

Sandra Hunt spoke out at Tuesday night’s meeting of the North Braddock Borough Council.

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“Miss Amelia’s death doesn’t stand on its own; it’s symbolic of a bigger problem,” Hunt said.

Amelia Roman, 92, was found dead, bound with duct tape in her Jones Avenue home Monday afternoon.

Another speaker at the council meeting was Lisa Robinson.

“I don’t want to live in that fear. I live by myself,” said Robinson. “I had a daughter from Chicago call me and ask, ‘Oh my God, where is Jones Avenue?’ I said it’s just around the bend.”

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The North Braddock mayor called for a moment of silence to honor Roman’s memory.

Mayor Thomas Whyel said, “I knew her son, he moved to Florida. This is a terrible day in our community.”

Police were out for the second straight day Tuesday checking abandoned homes and buildings for possible evidence and witnesses.

The mayor says, if he has his way, the police department in North Braddock will soon have additional manpower.

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“We have no choice but to increase the size of our police department,” Mayor Whyel said.