"I see kids walking alone all the times," a man says. "Does it concern you? Yeah it concerns me. That's why I'm out here."

The man waits for the bus with his grandchildren every morning, in the same area where Alianna DeFreeze went missing in January of last year. Her body was later found in a vacant home, where she had been tortured and murdered.

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One year later, a number of kids still show up in the dark at bus stops, all alone.

Jovan Russell, who remembers seeing DeFreeze on a few occasions. says there are a few parents who are trying to step up.

"I don't feel safe allowing [my son] to bus on his own," she said. "I even see kids that I'll look out for on the way as a parent."

The city is also working to rid neighborhoods of vacant properties, razing 631 such structures since May while devoting $13 million dollars to the "Safe Routes to School" program. Another 614 buildings have contracts to be destroyed.

However, Jovan Russell says other issues are at play.

"I've had to scare off an attacker with my taser and I'm a 30 year old parent," she said. "I don't feel that [any] of the kids should walk to school alone."

Cleveland Metropolitain Schools is also on board, saying they've increased mobile police patrols to help. But parents aren't convinced their children are protected.

"If I have to lose [my] job to make sure that my child is going to get to school safe," she said, "then as his parent, I'm just going to have to make that decision."