Families, friends of victims of Anthony Sowell seek comfort after appeal is filed

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CLEVELAND - Family members and friends of the victims of serial killer Anthony Sowell know they can't stop the legal system, and they understand that appeals are part of the process, but they say they are hurt that Sowell is asking for a new trial.

A number of them met Tuesday evening with Paster Jimmy Gates as a way to help them deal with their feelings. The families rely on each other for support, as well as getting help from the Mount Pleasant Ministerial Alliance. But it was still upsetting for them when they heard about Sowell's appeal. Reverend Gates says he met with them to give them some comfort.

Anthony Sowell was sentenced to the death penalty in 2011 for the  murders of 11 women in his Imperial Avenue home. That house was demolished and now  Reverend Gates says they hope to build a memorial on the site. A memorial, he says, that would give everyone some much-needed closure.

Donations for the Garden of Eleven Angels are being accepted at any Key Bank. Backers are hoping to begin the project this coming Memorial Day.