CLEVELAND -- A rash of violent crimes in one neighborhood has some Clevelanders concerned. Some community leaders are trying to get the message out -- that while people might be scared -- it's best to "be aware.”
Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed and a group of concerned volunteers took to the streets of the Mount Pleasant neighborhood Saturday. Their mission was to make residents aware of the violent crimes that have occurred in the area.
"We still have a killer and a rapist in our community. And, as long as these individuals are still in our community, then we are not safe,” Councilman Reed said.
The volunteers went to door to door, passing out flyers, warning people to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings. Mount Pleasant resident Joe Floyd said he is concerned about his wife.
“You know, seems like she is unhappy about going places, like somebody going to do something to her,” he said.
Three women have been murdered in recent months.
According to Reed, Jamella Husan, 37, was found repeatedly stabbed on Dec. 17.
Jazmine Trotter, 20, was badly beaten and sexually assaulted. Her body was found in an abandoned home on March 24.
Christine Malone, 45, was beaten and strangled on March 29.
All the murders occurred within 1½ miles along East 93rd Street.
Katherine Williams was glad to get the flyer.
“We need to be informed. We need to know what's going on in our neighborhoods,” she said.
In another incident that occurred nearby, a 20-year-old woman reports being nearly sexually assaulted on March 30. Passersby scared her attacker and he fled.
That has Heavenly Jackson very concerned.
"Want to find out who is this person walking around here snatching these young women, raping them,” she said.
A Cleveland man has been arrested in the Jazmine Trotter murder. But the other two murders and the attempted rape case remain unsolved.
Residents are urged to attend a community meeting to address safety concerns.
“Hear what they can do to be safe,” Councilman Reed said. The meeting will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the E Prep Woodlands Hills School at East 93rd and Crane Avenue in Cleveland.