H-SANTA MARIA

Feb 8, 2011 8:20 PM by Monica Quintero

Neighbors react to gruesome details of Myers' murder

The gruesome details surrounding this case has Rhonda Wisto's neighbors shocked at the brutality inflicted on the teen.

Wisto owned a mobile home on the 300 block of Mars Court in Nipomo.

Investigators believe Myers was attacked at that home by the five defendants. They also say that's where the teen had been staying.

Wade Dunn, neighbor, said, "This isn't a bad neighborhood, it just happened that a bad thing happened unfortunately." It happened three doors down from Dunn's home. He said, "It's just hard to believe a house right here, right next to my house. It's just unbelievable."

Dunn has lived on the street for nine years. He said, "A lot of my friends think that. They're real iffy about coming over here which I don't understand because this has always been a great neighborhood until that." Juana Martinez, neighbor, said, "It's scary to have some neighbors like that, it was scary for everybody and it was a surprise for us."

In fact, it seems to have scared some residents out of the area. Neighbors say one family moved because of what happened. While those who live on that street are shocked by the violent attack, they weren't surprised to hear about illegal activity. Dunn said, "I did suspect that there was drugs going on, drug trafficking and stuff like that."

Dunn didn't know Wisto personally but did see her around. Dunn said, "She just kind of kept to herself, real strange kind of." But adds since she and the others have been in custody, the once high volume of traffic on that street has disappeared. "Now that they're gone and they're not coming back, it won't be like that every again hopefully," said Dunn.

KSBY News tried talking with about half a dozen neighbors who didn't want to go on camera. Many felt the same way as Dunn. They say they didn't feel comfortable talking about this because they either feared for their safety or knew family members of the suspects.

While there are some residents who believe the murder has given the neighborhood a bad rap, there are others who disagree and say this type of crime can happen anywhere.

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