Community march held in Cleveland for justice in five unsolved homicides

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CLEVELAND - Dozens took to the streets on the east side of Cleveland Thursday, calling for justice in the unsolved homicides of five people at a home on East 92nd Street.

Relatives of the victims joined community activists to march through the neighborhood near the scene, walking from East 79th Street along Wade Park Avenue to East 92nd Street. They knocked on doors and distributed flyers to neighbors, seeking information about the crime.

"The last thing I want is for this case to go unsolved and for people to forget about it," said Jalonte Johnson, whose mother and brother were among the victims.

Police said that on November 21, a masked gunman entered the home, shooting and killing Ja'Rio Taylor, along with Shaylona Williams, 17, and Lemon Bryant, 60.

Investigators said Sherita Johnson, 41, pulled up in her van in front of the home, along with her 9 year-old and 2 year-old children. The gunman turned on them, authorities said, killing Johnson and her unborn child. The 9 year-old was shot, but survived.

"To get that phone call, that's the worst feeling ever. I wouldn't wish that on anybody," Johnson said.

Police canvassed the neighborhood for tips in early December, but say the leads did not identify suspects or result in any arrests. Investigators have not released a motive.

"There is an executioner out here," said Sherita Johnson's cousin, Nicole McBride, expressing frustration with the lack of an arrest. "He killed five people, and no one has any leads. No one's saying something. We know somebody knows something. They have to know something."

A reward of at least $25,000 is being offered for tips leading to an arrest. Police ask anyone with information to contact homicide investigators at 216-623-5464.

 

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