Murdered South Euclid Woman Died From Head Trauma, Skull Fractures

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SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio –The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office says that a woman murder outside her South Euclid home over the weekend died due to blunt impact to the head and skull fractures.

South Euclid Police found Jacqueline Gavorski, 65, dead in the driveway of her Ardmore Avenue home early Saturday morning, after a late night trip to the grocery store. She was just feet from her own back door.

South Euclid Police Department arrested 17-year-old Jeffrey D. Rembert, of Euclid, in connection with the crime.

Fox 8 News is identifying Rembert due to the heinous nature of the crime that he is accused.

Rembert was transported to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center. He was charged with murder and aggravated robbery through the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

Saturday morning neighbors woke to crime scene tape and flashing police lights.

“[My neighbor] just told me what happened, that his wife was dead, and he just broke down crying,” said longtime resident D.J. Dohanyos.

Police say Gavorski’s husband was asleep inside the home when it happened.

“Mark [Gavorski] said he was sitting up waiting for her but he fell asleep. Next thing he knows, the police were knocking on his door and his wife was dead in the driveway,” explained neighbor Joan Brastoff.

Lt. Meyers said Gavorski was a night owl, who often ran her errands after dark.  In fact, officers who handle security at the neighborhood Giant Eagle store, just blocks from her home, knew her by name.

Gavorski’s nighttime shopping may sound unsafe, but neighbors said she had good reason.

“I know she had health problems, with asthma and breathing and that’s why she liked going out shopping late at night,” Dohanyos explained.  “Number one, it was air conditioned, it helped her breathing.  And number two, it was less crowded.”

Dohanyos says Gavorski has three adult children of her own, but really was like a mother to all of the neighborhood children, especially around the holidays.

“It’s horrifying that somebody could do that to someone so wonderful.  I’ve been living on this street for 18 years, and she was wonderful to my kids, always bought them gifts for Christmas, Easter and Halloween.  I mean it’s just a real tragedy,” he said.

(Fox 8 News reporter Autumn Ziemba contributed to this report.)