Still, until Christmas Eve, Hinkson and Arthur mostly got along, neighbors say. Arthur, who was working as a security guard, would sometimes play cards with Hinkson on the front porch, Norton says.

"I never would have seen that coming," she says. "We knew that man had mental issues, but that was a shock."

After the stabbing, paramedics rushed Arthur to the Ryder Trauma Center, but he was dead before reaching the ER. Police arrested Hinkson, and they say he quickly confessed, "I stabbed him in the heart. That's what I was aiming for. I'm a sharpshooter."

Arthur's murder was unusual for Pork 'n' Beans only in that it didn't involve a drive-by shooting. Even as police ramp up their presence in the project and the county spends thousands on a camera system, crime has spiked. At least 11 shootings have taken place inside Liberty Square since 2010, the Miami Herald recently reported, and more than a third of the city's murders last year happened in the surrounding neighborhood. A $270,000 surveillance system, meanwhile, which was supposed to offer cops Wi-Fi access to watch any corner in the project, has been broken for months.

New Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa, as his first act on the job, upped patrols in Pork 'n' Beans. It didn't help Phillip Arthur, nor has it made residents feel safer. "The police just sit in front of the community center all day or harass residents," Norton complains. "And then when we complain about someone like [Hinkson], no one listens to us."

Solutions won't come easily to improve the project, nor will answers help Arthur's family. Last Saturday, more than a hundred mourners packed the Homestead Christian Center Ministries, a small church adorned with velvet curtains a few blocks west of Krome Avenue. They remembered a quiet father and placed flowers on his ivory-hued casket; his sisters, Clarenesha and Clarandra Cowart, sobbed as they read poems about their brother.

Toward the end of the service, his brother Mark wiped his eyes and walked to the altar with a wireless microphone. In a keening tenor, he sang a song likely to resonate with everyone still left in Pork 'n' Beans. "Why can't we just fly away?" he sang. "Why can't we all just fly away?"

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occupytruth
occupytruth

No one wants to talk about the culture of selling crack cocaine and the rappers that become millionaires glorifying this lifestyle. 24-7 music is played in a "projects" when this is all kids hear all they this is what they become. The pork n beans is a endless cycle thats needs change from within. Until athletes, rappers and so called reverends start preaching education not bling, nothing will change.

Need4speed420
Need4speed420

there was another shooting yesterday the 11th i was at liberty mart on 62st i heard about 6 shots, i thought nothing of it , cuz it happens all the time there,,i found out that A woman shot her boyfriend ,,this bs needs to stop this happend at 3pm and there were kids everywhere, something needs to be done about this,,,,i happen to service stores all over liberty city and its very sad the conditions that these poor people have too edure day to day, its simply as bad as it can get in the united states...98% of miami residents have no idea or wont even go thru liberty city...

Ttsturrup
Ttsturrup

I was raised in the beans.that the norm.

THE VOICE
THE VOICE

Sorry about that. Got that wrong. But it still applies to a segment of Blacks. Many of these dude never grew up. Some of these old men think they are still bad and want to try to nut-roll on society. I know, I used to nut-roll myself. But He isn't crazy. He was a Black Ass Demon whose ass needed a good kicking. I know. They used to come into the cell block with that bull shit. Whip Whop and they'd straighten up. Sentence these old suckers to some cruel and unusual punishment, like WaterBoarding and you wont need Haldol.

THE VOICE
THE VOICE

It's not the Blacks. "F" the racial BS. You had a big fat stinkin/, loud mouthed slob with a heart and mind filled with bitterness seeking revenge for what she had become. There's a whole herd of these Pachyderms around the Ghetto. They aint even real. I wish one would even look at me wrong. I can't carry a gun anymore and that's why I keep my mace and straight razor handy. I slaughter the Bitch like the Big Black Hog that she is.

Typical
Typical

Typical. Elected officials like Michelle Spence-Jones only care about scamming money for themselves. Nobody cares when poor blacks kill poor blacks.

ivxx
ivxx

what a sad story... they had so many chances to arrest this obviously unstable man...

Joseph
Joseph

THE SYSTEM LET THIS DWEED SKATE TOO LONG. THE SYSTEM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VICTIMS DEATH.

Hector Gonzales
Hector Gonzales

Yeah, blame the system that also provided for the victim. If he wanted to move so bad, he could have worked harder. If he hadn't (as the article says) banged on the door of mentally unstable man, screaming at him, he would still be alive. If he could have kept his dick in his pants, or at least practiced responsible contraception, he wouldn't have to live there in the first place. If he had more than a high school diploma, he could be earning enough to move. Every man puts himself on his own path to destruction. The choices the "victim" made are what put him in front of that knife, not the system.

I will cry tears of joy the day I see the bulldozers arrive to raze this depressing pit of crime.

White people - cleaning up minorities' shit since 1964!

rodellison
rodellison

@Hector Gonzales hector ur a wet back, trust me, white people don't give a fuck about you or ur little monkeys either

rodellison
rodellison

@Hector Gonzales remember hector your still a wet back, whites don't give a fu*k about you either. Remember that

Thakid1417
Thakid1417

Hector Gonzales you are obviously what is also wrong with the system. It is apparent that you are a racist ASSHOLE who doesn't know the victim and what he was going through. At least he was employed and tried to make an honest living for himself and his family. How dare you make the statements that you made without knowing someone. That just goes to show you how the HUMAN RACE in general will never be able to succeed because BULLSHIT such as yourself keeps dragging us all down with your negative being. Noone is perfect so pull your head out of your ass and grow up!DOUCHEBAG!!!!!!!

Joejack380
Joejack380

Wtf. I'm scared of spics and trailer park eses. they run for the border every chance they get. who is killing and touching little kids watch THE news in any major city. yeah black people got along way to go but look at the other crimes that r commited. not once have I seen were it was a black that shot up the local high school killing his fellow classmates cuz his peckerwood Pops couldn't keep his hands of Jrs butt hole the world is CRAZY least I know what a Nigga gone do but u CRAZY honkeys. aka Casey Anthony

Hector Gonzales
Hector Gonzales

Please, professor Thakid, Can you point out ONE thing I said that is not true, or do you just loathe the concept of personal responsibility? I consider personal responsibility a positive thing, not a negative, and it is sorely lacking in the minority community.

Let's look at facts.He and his wife were living with his PARENTS when they started popping out little yard apes. Responsible? Not so much.In a nation that gives money away for people to further their education, he had a diploma, but chose to get his fuck on instead. Responsible? not so much.Knowing that his neighbor is mentally unstable and prone to carrying weapons, he went and banged on the guy's door screaming at him. Responsible? Not so much.He was living in PUBLIC HOUSING, in other words, depending much more on the system to provide for his family than the sweat of his brow. Responsible? Not so much.

I don't expect anyone to be perfect, but blaming the "system" that fed, sheltered and provided medical care for this man and his children for his lapse in judgement is why the black community can't seem to pull itself out of the shitter. This area has ridiculously high crime rates, including murder and drug-related offenses, but it's the people living there doing it, not the system. The system didn't decide for him that 3 kids by age 24 was more important than an education. The system didn't make him move to his little shitty apartment with paper-thin walls and a crazy neighbor. The system didn't make him bang on that door screaming. At every step along the way to his unfortunate end, he had a choice. He chose poorly.

miamiarh
miamiarh

Keep blaming the system, that's gotten you far, lol

 
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