Bodies found in burning car identified as 14-year-old girl, 39-year-old man

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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the bodies of two people found dead in a burning car in East Cleveland.

The bodies of Paul Bradley, 39, and Paris Bradley, 14, both of Bedford, were discovered at Savannah and Manhattan avenues Wednesday.

The father and daughter lived in a Bedford home on Gould Avenue.  Police found their home ransacked the day their bodies were found in East Cleveland.

According to the medical examiner, Paris Bradley had gunshot wounds to the head. It’s not clear if Paul Bradley was also shot.

East Cleveland Police said there is evidence that both victims were forcibly removed from their beds. Police believe that Paris Bradley was tortured before she was killed.  They added that Paul Bradley, who was bound multiple times around his hands and feet, was still alive at the time the car was set on fire.

Family member Diane Bradley said Paul was a great father.

“He’d give the shirt off his back to anybody and for somebody to do something like this to him is very unbelievable and unacceptable. He was so good to everybody. I just don’t understand it,” Diane said.

Next door neighbor Jerry Szell described Paul as a friendly guy, “Paul was a quiet guy. A good neighbor. We talked about sports all of the time.”

Szell said he can’t imagine what Paul and Paris’s loved ones are going through.

“How anybody could do that to a young girl like that, I don’t understand how people could be that evil to do that. Our hearts go out to them. My wife and I didn’t sleep all night,” Szell said.

However, the Bradley’s loved ones have faith they will get justice.

“We’re coming for you, you can trust and believe that. God works in mysterious ways and you got it coming,” Diane said.

There is a $7,000 reward being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.  $5,000 is from the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee and $2,000 is from Crimestoppers.

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