Son returns home for the first time since five were killed, including his mom

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CLEVELAND-- It was a brutally emotional day for a man whose family was massacred at an east side home, as he went to the crime scene for the very first time.

The victims included his mother, who was seven months pregnant at the time.

The home is no longer a crime scene and Jalonte Johnson, 24, invited Fox 8 to go inside with him as he, for the first time, saw the horrific scene.

"I prepared myself. I knew I was gonna have to come in here eventually, one day," Johnson said.

The house near East 92nd Street and Wade Park Avenue is where he grew up.  It is also where his family, including his mother, was gunned down last November 21.

"I feel like they supposed to be here; I don't know. It just brings back memories; I don't know-- just seeing empty rooms and you know, stuff thrown all over the place, like blood, broken glass," Johnson said.

Cleveland police said his mother, Sherita Johnson, 41, was found shot inside a vehicle in the driveway. Johnson and her unborn child were killed.

She had a two-year-old son with her, who was unharmed.  Her nine-year-old daughter went into the home and discovered the other victims: Sherita's 19-year-old son, Ja'rio Taylor, his friend, 17-year-old Shaylona Williams, and the mother's boyfriend, 60-year-old Lemon Bryant.  Police said a masked man shot the 9-year old girl, grazing her in the chest, but she survived.

"It's kind of hard for us to grieve in peace and mourn, just knowing that it was that easy for somebody to do this and from the looks of it, get away," Johnson said.

Community leaders have held rallies as the family searches for clues.  But the killings happened one day before the controversial police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

"I just seen Tamir Rice everywhere and I always send my condolences out to his family. It's nothing personal or anything, but at the same time, this case is unsolved," Johnson said.

Jalonte said he has no idea why someone would commit such a heinous crime.

"It's emptiness. It don't feel like there's any life here; it's empty. The reality of it is, it's cold in here right now and I feel cold," he said.

Cleveland police said they do not have any suspects.  There is a reward being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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