‘We had four young lives taken’: Police look for answers in deaths of four at east side Cleveland home

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Division of Police, with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and Crimestoppers of Cuyahoga County Inc. announced reward money Wednesday for information in the deaths of four people in an East 144th St. home. The bodies were found inside a vacant home in the 3600 block of East 144th St. on September 21. The bodies were decomposing when they were found. Police say they may have been there for two weeks. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified the victims as Aiyanna Quitman, 19, of Euclid, Jazmyne Lawson, 18 of Cleveland, Dejuan Willis, 20, and Christopher Monroe, 23. Police say Jazmyne Lawson was 7-months pregnant. Prosecutors could bring an additional count at some point for the life of the unborn child. “We had four young lives taken,” Deputy Chief Harold Pretel said in the press conference. “This act was a violent act.” Their cause of death has been ruled a homicide, due to multiple gunshot wounds. Police say a gun was found at the scene. No arrests have been made in the case. Police want to hear from anyone who may have had contact with the victims before they died. Detectives say they have some leads, but they need more. There is a $10,000 reward for information. You can send a tip to Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463. Police say the four had not been reported missing.
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