LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Demolition crews tore down a home in Gateway, that neighbors say, was a constant reminder of a major crime.
Back in May, Arthur Hohensee threatened to kill his ex-wife and daughter inside their home on Lakeland Circle, before setting it on fire.
Neighbors are glad to be rid of the burned-out house for a few reasons. Most of all, they say it's a reminder of what happened May 22. That's when, according to deputies, Hohensee arrived at the property of his ex-wife, Bonnie, and started shooting at her and her daughter Susie Cordella. Deputies say Hohensee then lit the house on fire, barricading them inside, and then eventually took his own life. The women made it out alive.
Based on a notice posted on the garage door last week, the county had ordered Bonnie Hohensee to have the house torn down since its dilapidated state made it a code violation.
Cordella stopped by the demolition site in hopes of finding closure, but says that is still a long way away.
"I think having the strength and ability to stand here and watch it come down is important," Cordella said. "But there's a lot of closure that still needs to happen. So I really just put a dent in the closure."
Cordella also wanted to take the opportunity to remind anyone in a domestic violence situation -- like she says she and her mother were -- to leave and not to waste time doing it.