Solon crash, homicide victim remembered at emotional vigil

CLEVELAND - A loving mother, a devoted sister, a dedicated friend.

About 100 people leaned on each other Monday evening outside a home on East 75th Street in Cleveland to remember 53-year old Deborah Pearl, who lived in Twinsburg.

"It just feels good that I know I have support from family and friends, it just make me feel good, it just keep me at least, knowing that I have people that have my back," said her son Timothy Young, 30.

The mother of three sons was on her way to work Saturday morning when she was involved in a crash at Richmond and Solon Roads in Solon. Police say 29-year old Matthew Desha ran a red light, then after the accident pulled out a rifle and shot her to death.

"We're still trying to find out why, we just want to know why did he do what he did?" said best friend Brigit Knight.

"She was loved and we miss her, tremendously," said son Derryo Pearl, 34.

"I'm Deb's husband and my baby's gone, my world is upside down now," said Deborah’s husband Robert Murray.

Family and friends affectionately called her "Lil Deb.” They described her as a spiritual person who was well-loved.

"You couldn't imagine the love and support that we getting right now, from the woman that raised us, showed us the way of life...respectful, God-fearing woman," said her son Derryo.

"Her smile would just light up the room, her laugh, she was just an all around good person," said Knight.

Many of Deborah's co-workers at Southeast Harley-Davidson in Bedford Heights came to offer their support.

"We don't want you to think that it was just a place of work for her, we are family also, and I am so blessed to have worked for her, so blessed for the meals that she made me and the conversations that we had, we are all missing her and are all hurting," said coworker Marie Webb.

"The amount of love that she gave out, that's why everybody is here," said her son Timothy.

At the end of the vigil, loved ones released balloons into the air.

As they floated into the heavens, one man shouted “Rest in Peace my sister!”

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