By Patrick D. Rosso, Town Correspondent
Residents of South Boston expressed relief today after authorities said DNA evidence linked a suspect to the murder of Amy Lord.
Edwin J. Alemany, 28, faces charges in a July 23 killing that stirred fears in the neighborhood, particularly among young women. Alemany, a Boston resident, allegedly attacked two other women in the same area during the same time frame.
Lord, 24, was abducted as she left her Dorchester Street residence in South Boston. She was driven to five ATMs to withdraw cash, then stabbed to death before her body was dumped in a Hyde Park reservation, authorities have said.
Devan Lovegreen, a 24-year-old teacher who moved to South Boston from Brighton a month ago, said today's development made her feel safer.
"I thought about my move a little bit because [the murder] happened just a couple of weeks after. But I've felt better since," Lovegreen said. "I always make sure to walk with friends at night, but that's something I always did."
Joe McDonough, 30, also a teacher, said the charge against Alemany was bound to ease fears.
The murder of Lord, a Wilbraham native, "defiantly turned the neighborhood upside down," McDonough said at the corner of Dorchester Street and West Broadway.
"I haven't let my fiancÚ walk the dog at night, and she even didn't go to some of the early morning boot-camp classes on Carson Beach," he said. "On the other hand, the police presence has been cranked up; it's relieving."
But Liz Sheehan, an 18-year-old South Boston native, said the assaults have left a "dent" in her perception of safety.
"I'm relieved [about the charge against Alemany], but I know there are others out there," Sheehan said at a bus stop on West Broadway. "It's scary to think how close to home it was. "
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