CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Friends of a woman found fatally stabbed downtown are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.
Aliza Sherman, 53, was attacked around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. She was going through a divorce and was leaving her attorney’s office near the Galleria and Erieview Plaza on East 12th Street.
“Please bring justice for her children who are suffering so dearly,” said Mary Feuer, a friend of the victim.
Feuer and several dozen other people gathered near the scene of the crime to call attention to Sherman’s death and announce the $25,000 reward. About $23,000 of that amount was raised by local synagogues, and $2,000 is being provided by Crime Stoppers.
“We were best friends for 28 years,” said Jan Lash. “We met at our lamaze class when we had our firstborn, and we both had the same due date, and we looked at each other, and there was an instant bond at that time.”
Lash remains close to the victim’s four children, ages 28, 25, 23 and 17.
“A friend of mine called me and said, they had heard from their son, that she was murdered and I just didn't believe it,” said Lash.
Aliza was an in vitro fertilization nurse at The Cleveland Clinic and her friends also described her as a religious woman, which is why members of the local Jewish community helped raise money for the cash reward.
“We’re just hoping that somebody has some information, and they will do the right thing and step forward and help us and help her children who are really suffering,” said Feuer.
According to Crime Stoppers, anyone with information can make an anonymous call, and all legitimate tips will be investigated.
Sgt. David Rutt said authorities are also still reviewing surveillance video from nearby buildings, and they’re also hoping more video will be provided.
“The detectives aren’t releasing much right now, they don’t want to jeopardize the case,” said Rutt. “Hopefully, we’ll get somebody that will hear something, know something, and they’ll give us a call.”
Cleveland police said there is nothing new to report on the investigation, but Aliza’s friends hope that will soon change.
“Please help us in this senseless, brutal murder of this beautiful person, please come forward,” said Feuer. “Please, for her children, please come forward.”
Crime Stoppers can be reached at 216-252-7463 or visit the Crime Stoppers website by clicking here.
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