Cleveland families who share painful bond come together

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CLEVELAND-- Their stories are different, but their pain and search for answers are the same. Cleveland families came together Monday night, sharing a common bond. They all have lost relatives to violence, and their cases remain unsolved.

"I guess it does help to see that people are going through the same thing, and it's hard," said Tricia Cahill, whose son Ashaundae, was murdered about this time last year.

Christine Mahoney's mother was killed in 1975, then her brother, three years ago.

"You never expect something like that to happen to you one time in your life, and when it happens twice, it's just unbelievable," Mahoney said.

Dozens of people attended a memorial at Cleveland's third district police headquarters to celebrate the lives of loved ones who were killed due to violence- the crimes, unsolved. Many say the pain is worse around the holidays.

"Our goal is to bring some type of resolution to the case that brought you here," said Cleveland police deputy chief Edward Tomba.

Yvonne Pointer offered a message of hope. Her 14-year old daughter was raped and murdered on the way to school in 1984.

"Twenty nine years after her homicide, her case was finally solved, so to those of you who are dealing with unsolved cases, don't ever, ever, EVER, give up," Pointer told the crowd.

"They're gonna find whoever killed, whoever murdered our son," said Stephen Halton, Sr.

Stephen Halton, Junior, 30, was shot to death in January 2014, while waiting for a bus, on his way to help with a liver transplant at the Cleveland Clinic.

"When someone just chooses to shoot a gun and take a life, it's a different type of pain, and to be among people that understand that type of pain, it's somewhat comforting," said his mother, Sheila Halton.

One of the people spearheading the memorial is Grace Leon, whose husband Wayne Leon, a Cleveland police officer, was killed in 2000. Her passion is now social work, hoping to help people survive the pain she's already endured.

"I hope that I can offer support to these families. If they happen to know the experience that I had, I hope that gives them some hope that life can be okay again," said Grace Leon.

Tomba said the memorial service and vigil was inspired, in part, by Grace Leon. She is currently attending school to get a degree in social work and is doing an internship with FrontLine Service, an organization that works with police in crisis counseling.

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