Man killed during Cleveland motorcycle club party remembered for kind heart

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CLEVELAND (WJW)– A massive vigil was held and a call for justice after 18 people were shot inside of a club over the weekend. One person was fatally wounded.

More than 200 people gathered on East 93rd Street and Way Avenue in Cleveland Monday for a vigil in front of the club where the shooting happened Saturday around 11:30 pm.

A large party was taking place at the time involving local motorcycle clubs when some sort of altercation escalated and someone opened fire on the crowd, killing 48-year-old Lee Andre “Shonuff” Dickson.

“I can’t let this go cause this is unreal. This should have never happened,” said Steve Dickson, the victim’s brother. “These victims had nothing to do with nothing, but a celebration.”

Family members also repeatedly asked everyone in the crowd to help them get justice for Lee Andre by helping police catch the shooter, saying, “If you know who did this, you have to tell.”

Also at the vigil, several family members and friends talked about Dickson’s big heart. They said he enjoyed the camaraderie of the motorcycle club, The Omens, but especially riding for different charities. Many broke down in tears and called him a role model in the community.

Dickson started and ran a successful business. Family said it was a really cool mobile barbershop and that he would respond anywhere, at anytime to help people out.

“He would come and cut my son’s hair and they would bond during that time,” said his cousin, Sarah Edding, with tears welling in her eyes.

Everyone at the vigil said Dickson loved his family, friends and God, and that he’d want them to do the same.

After a final prayer, heart-shaped balloons were released and Steve Dickson said, “Touch somebody, tell somebody that you love them, even if you don’t know them say, ‘I love you.’”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Cleveland Police Investigative Unit at 216-623-5464.

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