Grabill community reflects 48-hours after arrest in April Tinsley case

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) – ABC 21, checked back in with residents of Grabill in the neighborhood where the suspect lived.

Those residents struggling to keep their emotions in check, some 48-hours later.

Imagine how those days have been for people who live right down the street from the man police call a killer.

It’s something all of us would have difficulty dealing with, so ABC 21 went back to the neighborhood we visited Sunday afternoon right after news of the arrest hit the quiet streets.

Sunday, the residents were struggling to find words, and 48-hours after the arrest they’re finding the words to describe the emotions they’re feeling. 

"Yeah, it’s terrifying honestly," said one resident.

Another saying, "It’s not something that you would ever expect to surface so close."

Many residents in the community of Grabill are still shocked that April Tinsley’s suspected killer lived right under their nose.

Two young women remembering their days playing at the softball field right across the street, who learned about the case just recently say, "We probably passed him, I probably made eye contact with him at some point in my life. Cause, just wandering around Leo, just growing up in Leo and in Grabill it’s a very small community. You see everybody," said Elaina Busch who says the small town feel is what makes her even more uncomfortable knowing that John Miller lived right down the road. 

"It’s wild honestly. It’s very wild."

That sentiment, shared by Busch’s friend, Sophia Morris,"You know your neighbors, so it’s not something that you would ever expect to pop up in your own city," but in fact it did. When police arrested Miller at the Grabill Mobile Home Park on Sunday, we spoke with David E. Clark, Sr. who could hardly grasp his words, now, he has feelings of hope and happiness.

"Man it just kind of ripped me apart, but I have been coming at ease with this a little bit."

Clark says he’s happy that April’s family can now feel a sense of closure.

"April can rest in peace now."

While others are still dealing with the shock.

Morris said, "You hear about this kind of stuff, and you know that it  happens because there are sick people out there, but for it to happen so close to home, it makes you kind of reevaluate."

A sign went up on a pole across the street from Miller’s home hoping that April is resting in peace.

When we arrived, that sign had actually blown off, but, the pink tape holding it up was still on the pole.

Pink, was April’s favorite color.

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