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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police canvassed five neighborhoods Wednesday afternoon, knocking on doors and speaking one-on-one with residents in areas where there have been recent homicides.

"It lets the community know what type of effort we're putting forth to solve these crimes," said Capt. Nathaniel Davis.

Police say within three weeks, there have been five fatal shootings and sixth deaths in the city.

Two of those deaths include two North Carolina A&T State University students who were shot and killed at a party on Oct. 2 on Circle Drive.

"These were two college students doing what college students do which is go to a party on a weekend night," said Det. Mike Matthews of the Greensboro Police Department.

Officers canvassed the street, speaking with students as they searched for answers.

"It's good that they're still going on with the investigation because the parents have a right to know who did this to their children," said NC A&T student Ciffanii Allen.

“They asked me questions if I saw anything the night it happened,” said NC A&T student Deysia Tolerson. “Who was around? What all was happening?”

Officers also canvassed Gant Street, Juliet Place and the area around the Food Lion on East Market Street where a security guard for the grocery store was shot and killed Oct. 8.

Officers also talked to residents on Phillips Avenue where a 26-year-old was shot and killed Tuesday night.

Resident Linwood Martin says he appreciates the extra effort but wants police to keep it up.

"We can't stop things from happening but we can start beefing up the neighborhoods," Martin said.

Police say there have been 26 homicides in the city for the year.