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Maryville Residents Want City To Go Back To Normal

The national spotlight on Maryville has created a media frenzy as national and regional outlets swarm the city to cover the developments in sexual assault case. Some long-time residents say the attention has been difficult for those who live there.
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Joe Alonso describes the atmosphere in Maryvillle, following fallout from the handling of a 2012 sexual assault case, as "chaotic."

It's causing a lot of concerns and issues throughout everybody," said Joe Alonso.

Since the story made its way back into the headlines over the weekend, the city has received a ton of negative attention.

Everything from threats to name calling, Alonso says they've heard it all.

Another woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she doesn't feel the city needs to be attacked for how the case was handled.

"It's really bad for the city. We've always been such a good hometown, and everyone always liked visiting. One of the things we're most famous for is our hospalitity. And so, it's really scary whenever everything that is getting said about Maryville is this horrible, horrible stuff. And, Maryville is full of great people. And, you know, just because there's this bad thing that happened, doesn't make Maryville a bad place," she said.

She's lived in Maryville for 21 years, and said she has never feared for the city like she does now.

"It's the only town I've ever been to where I feel safe even with my door unlocked. I'm not home right now, and my doors are unlocked. And, I hate to think that Maryville will turn into a town, because of this, where we can't do that anymore," she said.

Groups are planning protests to draw attention to the case and the alleged victims, which they say deserve justice.

While those we spoke with aren't taking a side, they say they just want their peaceful city back.

"What's going to happen? What's going to happen out there?" Alonso asked.

"I really hope that this can get over with so that everybody can move on with their lives. Maryville is such a wonderful place to live, I hate that this is going to be stuck with it forever," she said.

The "Justice for Daisy" protest is planned for next Tuesday, October 22, outside of the Nodaway County Courthouse. 

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