SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The total number of murders in Springfield is now up to eight for 2013.
There have been three more murders in Springfield this year compared to last year at this time, leaving some uneasy.
There have been two deadly shootings in two days, both in the Forest Park section of the city.
It's late night crime that concerns business owners.
"When I hear of crime, in particular this sort of violent crime it's frustrating... it's almost depressing as a business owner to hear that," said Salvatore Circosta the owner of Sal's Bakery and Café.
Although the two murders were not related they took place less than a mile apart from each other. The first on May 21st on Orange Street and the second on May 22nd on Hollywood Street.
The Springfield Police Department's BADGE Unit was formed in 2011 to try and decrease criminal activity in this same Forest Park neighborhood near the "X."
An area Pasquale Dascoli feels secure in during the day.
"I'm not concerned at all really, I feel really safe here. The hours 8-6 I'm not worried about it, I don't know about nights, but during the day I feel very safe," said barber Pasquale Dascoli.
But people say more still needs to be done.
"The BADGE program is outstanding, as a business owner I love them, they do a great job building relationships in the neighborhood. However, I think it's one step. I think now we need another step and probably about 25 more steps after that," said Salvatore Circosta.
At this time last year, there had been five murders in Springfield.
Still, Police Sgt. John Delaney said overall crime is down 10 percent over the past year.
Delaney also said for the holiday weekend they will be stepping up patrols in the Forest Park area as well as the rest of the city.