Identities Released in Auto Shop Triple Murder
CLEVELAND — Police are now releasing the names of the three victims killed inside a Collinwood business Friday.
Police say Brian Yuravak, 50, Lori Sarli, 48, and Babette Hockenberry, 53, were found shot in the head at Imperial Auto, on St. Clair Avenue. Authorities are still searching for the person, or people, responsible for their deaths.
“Well at this time the family is shocked. We are just seeking justice and in constant contact with law enforcement, in any way we can help them,” said one of the victims family members.
Sam said he is the brother of one of the two women.
All three were shot in the rear part of the building, their bodies discovered in the same area.
Sam said he believes one of the people was targeted and the other two were killed because they were witnesses.
“I believe that my sister was caught in the middle of something that she had no control over. Probably never seen it coming,” he said.
Sam said his sister was the girlfriend of Brian Yuravak, and the other woman was her friend.
“Kind of shocked. My brother has been in business here 15, 20 years and for something like this to happen, it kind of hits close to home,” said John Scimenes.
Scimenes said his brother was opening the shop up for business Friday when he found the bodies and called police.
“I really don’t have words to describe what is going through my head right now. It’s surreal,” Scimenes said.
“What can one say I mean you just get a knot in your stomach, I grew up in the neighborhood,” said City Councilman Michael Polensek. He showed up at the scene Friday afternoon.
He said police told him this was not a random shooting and it was not a robbery. He called it an execution, and said the killer or killers need to be caught fast.
That sentiment is echoed by Sam.
“Could be anonymous, anything like that. People don’t need to die in this fashion and we just need help from the public,” Sam said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland Police.