CLEVELAND, Ohio--Monday marked a painful anniversary for those who knew and loved Aliza Sherman.
The 53-year-old Beachwood nurse and mother-of-four was stabbed-to-death on March 24th, 2013, on her way to meet her attorney at Erieview Plaza near East 12th Street. The case remains unsolved.
In a ceremony Monday evening, loved ones huddled together at the very spot where Aliza was murdered, holding tight to photos and memories.
"In the chill of winter, we remember you. At the opening of the buds and the rebirth of spring, we remember you," Edward Czinn, Aliza's older brother, recited to the crowd.
"The day she was murdered, part of me was murdered," Czinn told Fox 8.
He made the trip from Florida for Monday's ceremony, and, for the first time, laid eyes on the scene where his baby sister's life was taken.
"She was special to all of us, and really no finer soul ever existed on this earth. She was a good person, she was a champion for the under-served," Czinn said.
The past year has been agonizing for Aliza's family, and perhaps no one knows that pain more than her only daughter.
"Somebody took away my world, my best friend, and there is forever going to be a huge hole in my heart," Jennifer Sherman told Fox 8 reporter Autumn Ziemba.
The loss of her mother is something that will never heal, but her message of empowerment has not been silenced.
As part of Monday's ceremony, the family handed out mace and materials to ensure a crime this horrific doesn't happen to someone else.
"Making sure that women and girls are prepared and know safety tips and tools and have mace and are properly educated, that's how we can keep her spirit alive," Sherman said. "I'm sure she's smiling down on us."