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"How am I supposed to keep my children safe?" New resident moving after teen's murder

Rebecca Chan and her three children have lived here in Virginia for two short weeks, now they're moving after a teen was murdered Sunday morning (Photo: Caren Pinto)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Danville is trying to come to grips with another young life lost.

16-year-old Nitaya Adams died in a weekend homicide on Paxton Street in Danville.

Rebecca Chan and her three children have lived in Virginia for two short weeks after moving from Maine.

"To be woken up at 2:45 to gun shots, it's scary," explained Chan. "All three of my children woke up screaming."

Chan said they were jolted awake by gunshots right outside their window, so Chan immediately decided to move to a new part of town.

"How am I supposed to keep my children safe in this neighborhood?" asked Chan. "You don't know if there's going to be any retaliation and if there is, how do you let your guard down? We just can't relax here."

Across the street, Julius Robertson said he has lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years.

"I'm concerned about the kids on this block," said Robertson.

"We have a lot of kids that are staying at home raising themselves, that form their own principles about what is right and what is wrong," explained Robertson. "Those bullets don't have no names on them, so they can go anywhere."

Danville Police said there is a curfew for teens in the city.

"This happened 3 a.m., where the parents at?" asked Robertson. "Stay at home, raise your kids."

Children under 18 are supposed to be in by 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

If a teen is out past curfew, police officers can issue a summons to the juvenile and bring the child back to his or her parents, but the police department said parents need to help enforce it.

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