Vigil marks six years since murder of Aliza Sherman

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CLEVELAND– Family and friends gathered Sunday night at the scene of a brutal crime to remember a woman they loved, admired and cherished: 52-year-old Beachwood mother of four and nurse Aliza Sherman.

Sherman’s loved ones gathered on Erie View Plaza by the Galleria in downtown Cleveland where she was murdered in 2013. They lit a candle and released balloons to honor her memory.

Her daughter, Jennifer Rivchun, along with other loved ones said it’s been a very long, rough and painful six years, but they aren’t giving up hope for justice.

Even justice can’t replace the weight of their loss.

“I imagine it will be some resemblance of justice. I don’t know if there will ever be anything that will be good enough. The way she was brutally attacked and killed,” Rivchun said.

“She deserves justice. She deserves to be here today and we want to find out who did this. We want to know what happened. We want to keep her memory alive and find who did this to her,” said Gilda Katz, Sherman’s friend.

Police said Sherman was attacked and killed as she left her attorney’s office in broad daylight. She was stabbed 11 times.

Her divorce proceedings were set to start the day after she was killed. Her attorney, Gregory Moore, pleaded guilty to one count of falsification for giving investigators inaccurate information on the day she was killed.

Security video showed someone walking near the crime scene around the time she was killed. Police wanted to question the person, but couldn’t identify them or find them.

The six red balloons released at the vigil represent love and the six years since Sherman was stolen from their lives. They hope this is the last vigil they will have to have as they hang onto to hope someone will pay for what they did.

“She deserves to have the monster or monsters who did this to at least be held accountable for what they did,” Rivchun said.

There’s a reward for up to $100,000 leading to an arrest and conviction of the person who killed Sherman. Anyone with tips should call Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County at 216-252-7463 or go to

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