CLEVELAND — A small group from Cleveland City Hall, including Mayor Frank Jackson, gathered on a cold and blustery Friday morning to show support for Yvonne Pointer, whose 14-year-old daughter, Gloria, was raped and murdered while walking to Harry E. Davis Junior High back in 1984.
“It’s just unbelievable to have the mayor and everybody take time out to just come and say we love you,” a tearful Pointer told Fox 8’s Enrique Correa, “That means a lot cause I was really struggling today.”
The group came together in front of the Free Stamp, next door to city hall. Mayor Jackson told Pointer she had become like family to many in the community through her outreach work. The show of support came two days after a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury indicted 58-year-old Hernandez Warren in connection with Gloria Pointer’s death.
Yvonne Pointer expressed gratitude to Cleveland police and the FBI for continuing to pursue her daughter’s case, but admitted to Correa the last two weeks have been difficult.
“It just feels as if it happened all over again. I’m going through the same emotions that I felt on the day that she died,” she said.
Gloria Pointer was walking to Harry E. Davis Junior High in December of 1984 when she was abducted, raped and murdered. Her body was found behind a building within sight of the school where she was to receive a perfect attendance award on that day.
“You can’t help but cry because you just cannot believe that; you just can’t believe that people are this loving, and who didn’t even know Gloria, probably many of them never met her in life; but who love her enough to celebrate this leg of the journey.”
An assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor told the court DNA evidence and a confession link Warren to the crime. He is in jail on an $8 million bond.