CLEVELAND – A memorial to the victims of Anthony Sowell on Imperial Avenue was unveiled Thursday evening.
Sowell was convicted of killing eleven women in and around his Imperial Avenue home. The first bodies were discovered more than four years ago.
The house was torn down and the memorial will replace it. The unveiling comes after a two-year planning process. “It has been a long, drawn out process,” said Rev. Jimmy L. Gates, the project director. “We’ve had some difficult moments with these families and this is a very sensitive topic. We are just grateful to be where we are,” he added.
Joanne Moore, a sister of one of Sowell’s victims, said, “It’s hard to go back there and just see nothing there. So, we’re going to keep praying that everything works out ok.”
The City of Cleveland has committed funds to the project, but organizers say a request for donations will be needed.
Sowell was sentenced to death for the crimes but has asked the Ohio Supreme to change to sentence to life in prison. He claims he did not receive a fair trial because of extensive media coverage of the murders.