CLEVELAND- The family of a Cleveland teen who was kidnapped and murdered is getting a little more closure today.
For nearly two years, the loved ones of Alianna DeFreeze have asked for the abandoned home where she was found to be torn down.
14-year-old Alianna was abducted on her way to school in January of 2017. She was last seen getting off an RTA bus and walking near 93rd and Kinsman in Cleveland.
After searching through a snowstorm, Cleveland police officers found her body three days later in a home on Fuller Avenue.
The demolition started just before 8 a.m. Friday and by 8:40 a.m. the home was completely gone. All that remains is debris.
Supporters turned out after the demolition to release purple balloons in Alianna’s memory.
The suspect, Christopher Whitaker, was convicted of 10 counts, including aggravated murder and kidnapping in Alianna’s case. He is currently sitting on death row.
Alianna’s family pushed for the abandoned house to be torn down and others like it because they feel it invites crime.