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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- In the immediate aftermath of a terrible tragedy a little more than two years ago, residents of a northwest Washington neighborhood said, "Let there be light." On Wednesday, they got their wish.

It was August 22, 2010, just after midnight. Thirty-one-year-old Neil Godleski, a graduate student at Catholic University, was biking home on the way back from work when he was shot to death just off Sherman Circle. Police say the motive was robbery.

The murder drew immediate calls from residents and lawmakers to improve the lighting in the neighborhood.

Right around eight o'clock Wednesday night, the lights were turned on for the very first time, and residents could not have sounded any happier.

"It's getting darker sooner and a lot of us like to walk our dogs in the park so we feel much safer," said resident Kristina Maze, echoing the feelings of many of her neighbors.

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