Google Map of the Forest Audelia area

Google Map of the Forest Audelia area

Two men are dead after a possible drug deal gone bad inside a unit at the Timberlodge Apartments on Forest Lane near Audelia.

It happened Sunday just after 10:30 p.m. Northeast police officers discovered one adult male dead at the scene, and another died later at Presbyterian Hospital. Police told reporters Sunday night that they suspected the conflict was drug related but offered no further details and did not release the names of the deceased.

The scenario is all too familiar at this and surrounding addresses.

A simple search of the phrase “Forest Audelia” on the Lake Highlands Advocate blog yields a litany of disturbing reports. Timberlodge also was at the center of a controversy recently after the N word showed up on its Facebook page in response to a resident complaint (the property managers called the incident an “unfortunate act of cyber hacking”). Several years ago we wrote about the police and city efforts to stem the tide of violence in this northern sector of Lake Highlands.

When a shooting or assault happens in our neighborhood, chances are good that it occurred in the Forest-Audelia area. That’s one of the reasons our new city councilman Adam McGough has promised to reinstate the Forest-Audelia Task Force and Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association president Murray Morgan has called for action-minded volunteers to join the North Lake Highlands Alliance. The site of last weekend’s killing is within an area Murray calls “Apartment Alley,” which he says includes properties on both sides of the I-635 East corridor from Greenville to Jupiter.