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‘Do the right thing’: Relative of victims pleads for info in quintuple homicide

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It was one of the deadliest crimes of 2014 in Cleveland, and it remains unsolved.

One month  after five people were shot at a home in the 1400 block of East 92nd Street, a relative of two of the victims made an emotional plea to the person responsible.

“We just want you to do the right thing. It's never too late to do the right thing,” Jalonte Johnson said Friday. “All I want you to do is step forth.”

Johnson’s mother, Sherita Johnson, 41, and brother, Ja’Rio Taylor, 19, were among five people killed by a masked gunman on November 21. Police said the person entered the home, killing Taylor, along with Shaylona Williams, 17, and Lemon Bryant, 60.

Investigators said Johnson pulled up in her van in front of the home, along with her 9-year-old and 2-year-old children. The gunman turned on them, authorities said, killing Johnson and her unborn child. The 9-year-old was shot, but survived.

“She was just the sweetest person ever. She just didn't deserve this. Nobody deserves this,” Johnson said of his mother, fighting back tears. “It’s unbelievable. I feel like I’m still dreaming.”

Dozens of officers canvassed the neighborhood in early December, knocking on doors and interviewing neighbors for tips. Cleveland police said none of the leads led to suspects or arrests. A motive has not been publicly identified.

Johnson expressed frustration with the lack of a suspect or arrest. He said he thinks those who know the person responsible may be afraid to come forward.

“I feel like anybody who knows and is not saying nothing is just as guilty as the person who did it,” he said.

A march through the neighborhood near the crime scene is planned for 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 1. It will begin at East 79th Street and Wade Park. Participants will pass out flyers seeking information about the perpetrators.

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying those responsible. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Police ask anyone with information to contact homicide investigators at 216-623-5464.

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