Hundreds celebrate life, legacy of boxer killed in car accident

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CLEVELAND--A fight against violence and an expression of love.

Hundreds of people turned out to remember a national boxing champion killed in an accident that began with an argument.

They attended a rally and vigil Friday night to show just how valuable 26-year-old Cashmere Jackson was to them.

While chanting her nickname, 'Cash,' relatives and friends walked along East 55th Street to the spot close to where she died.

"This my baby, God's gift to me was Cashmere. Cashmere been a boxer ever since she touched the air," said Jackson’s mother, Collida Rhym, while clutching a photo.

Cashmere was a nationally recognized amateur boxer, winning numerous titles, including an Olympic bronze medal.

"She done touched so many lives. God put her on this earth for a reason, and he took her because her job was done here," said her sister, Accandria Rhym.

Cleveland police said Wednesday evening, an argument escalated in the parking lot of the Shell gas station at East 55th and Kinsman.

They said Cashmere jumped onto the hood of a car that was coming toward her. According to police, the driver kept going; she fell off and was struck and killed by another car.

Sandie Sanderson, 23, appeared in court Friday morning on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide. Her bond was set at $25,000.

"It's sad. She had such a promising career and it's been taken away that fast," said friend, Erwin Thomas.

People who attended the vigil said they are not surprised by the large turnout.  They celebrated her belts and trophies, but most importantly, they celebrated her life.

"Her legacy will never be forgotten, man. She's a real person. I respect her. It's gonna be hard to deal with the loss. It's all love. We miss you Cash," said friend, Greg Thomas.

"I thank God for Cashmere and I thank everybody for coming out here, and God loved her more," said her mother.

"The city has lost a true champion," said her sister.

Relatives said Cashmere Jackson was the third of nine children.

Donations to the “Cashmere Jackson Memorial Fund” can be made at any Fifth Third Bank.

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