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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A bench set up to remember an accused killer isn’t sitting well.

Someone put a concrete bench in the median of South Elm-Eugene to remember Menice Smith. Smith is the man who police say killed two women and nearly beat a postal worker to death back in March. Smith then took his own life on South Elm-Eugene, near where this bench was placed.

“Even though he was a criminal, he has family. Every family feels love for their family,” explains Elvira Pez, who lives on South Elm-Eugene.

City crews received a complaint about the bench. Then on Tuesday, crews removed it. Not because of whom it was for, but because of where it was. “It is concrete; if somebody were to run off the road and hit it, it could cause severe damage. [Also] we have mowing crews that have to mow that area,” explains Terry Morgan, with Greensboro Field Operations.

The bench was right across the street from Yvonne Revell’s home and she’s happy it’s gone.

“I want the family to get some peace, but maybe somewhere else in their own area,” says Revell.

Revell understands Smith had a family, but she doesn’t need the bench to make her think of his family or all the others still hurting.

“We have those families in our prayers each day, we really do,” she says.

The city is holding the bench. The owner just needs to give them a call to get it back.