Wife of slain Cleveland officer helping other families touched by homicide

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Grace Leon's life changed forever on June 25, 2000.

Her husband, police Officer Wayne Leon, was shot to death during a traffic stop.

It's been 15 years, but Leon is still healing, and now she's helping other families touched by homicide. Leon is part of a new program with the Cleveland Police Department's homicide unit that reaches out to families in cold cases.

She will also graduate from Cleveland State University soon, with a degree in social work.

Her new efforts come at the same time as another big decision. Quisi Bryan, 44, the man convicted and sentenced to death in her husband's murder, was awarded a new trial earlier this month.

Leon says the decision is just a "bump in the road in the judicial process." She also admits that she has not forgiven Bryan.

"I never worked at forgiving him," she said. "I think that would take a lot of effort and I think I would rather focus my energy on raising my three kids and ... helping others."

Leon and Cleveland Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba stopped at Fox 8 Wednesday morning. Watch the video player for more.

Continuing coverage of the Quisi Bryan case here

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