BENTLEYVILLE, Ohio - More than two years after a well-respected and much loved labor and delivery nurse was brutally murdered, family and friends gathered for a special BBQ to honor her legacy of love and generosity.
The cookout was held at the South Chagrin Reservation in Bentleyville not far from where a memorial bench was recently dedicated on Mother’s Day for Aliza Sherman.
Aliza was stabbed to death after meeting with her divorce attorney in downtown Cleveland on a Sunday afternoon in March 2013.
“There’s not a day that goes by we don’t think of her,” said best friend Jan Lash.
But the picnic wasn’t just about good food.
Everyone brought purple tote bags filled with donations to benefit a cause near and dear to Aliza’s heart.
“She was really such a huge advocate for women,” said daughter Jennifer Sherman.” She believed and she lived her life this way that the best exercise for the heart was to lift others up,” said Jennifer.
The totes are part of a fundraising campaign that benefit’s Laura’s Home: a crisis center for women & children that’s run by the Cleveland City Mission.
Chief Development Officer Michael Parry says they were grateful to get the donations which include everything from clothing to toys and toiletries and will help the dozens of women and children at the shelter.
“I’m really touched and inspired by what the family is doing,” said Parry.
Jennifer says it’s exactly what her mom would’ve wanted and she says they will continue giving back even as they patiently await justice.
“I will never give up the fight for justice. I’ll never go away no matter how long it takes effort it takes I will do,” said Jennifer.
In March a grand jury convened in Cuyahoga county and a person of interested was identified but so far no one has been arrested or charged in Aliza’s murder.
To visit the Justice for Aliza Facebook page, click here.
For more information on The City Mission, you can click here.