Women Remembered Through Song, Prayer, Donation

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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio--  There were songs, prayers and donations Monday night at Shaw High School in East Cleveland, for the families of three women who police say were killed by a suspected serial killer.

"It's just beautiful. It's a beautiful representation of God's love and the community, the part that we don't get to see that often," Shirellda’s Terry’s sister, Melissa Minor, said of the concert.

Hundreds of people turned out to listen to the singers and musicians, who quickly put the concert together to show support for the victims.

east cleveland victimsOn July 19 and July 20, the bodies of Angela Deskins, 38, Shetisha Sheeley, 28, and Shirellda Terry, 18, were found wrapped in plastic bags near the East Cleveland apartment of their suspected killer, Michael Madison, 35.

Now that Madison has been arrested and indicted for the killings, the families are trying to heal.

"Everybody is just taking it day by day and standing on God's words, because that is all we can do," Minor said.

"We are just trying to be as one, even with the services," Sheeley family spokesperson, Tanya Robinson Williams, said.

Also Monday night at the East Cleveland Senior Center, Mayor Gary Norton honored the East Cleveland police officers who helped get Madison into custody so quickly.

Madison was arrested two hours after the first body was found.

"Our detectives quickly got information about the suspect, including some things that we could use to track his whereabouts," Norton said.

Madison was indicted on 14 counts Monday, including aggravated murder, rape, abuse of a corpse and kidnapping.

Madison is being held on a $6 million bond.

Services for Shirellda Terry are Friday at Good Shepard Baptist Church, 17822 Euclid Ave., in Cleveland at 10 a.m.

Services for Shetisha Sheeley are Friday, August 9, at Strowder’s Funeral Home, 822 E. 105th St., in Cleveland, with a visitation at six p.m. and services at seven p.m.

A funeral fund is set up for Shetisha Sheeley at any First Merit Bank under her name.

Angela Deskins was buried last weekend.

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