Woman Killed Near Attorney’s Office


Aliza Sherman.

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CLEVELAND-- New details are being released into a woman's death in downtown Cleveland Sunday. A 911 call revealed what happened moments after the attack:

Dispatch: 911. What is the city of your emergency?

Caller: Cleveland, Ohio. Hurry, it's bad.

Dispatch: What's bad?

Caller: This lady that was just attacked.

Police say that Aliza Sherman, 53, of Beachwood had just stepped out of the revolving door in front of 55 Erieview Plaza around 5:30 Sunday evening when she was attacked.

Caller: Stay on the ground. Don't move. Don't get on your feet. Stay on the ground.

Dispatch: Police, fire, and ambulance. What's your emergency?

Caller: I won't. I won't. Stay with me, okay? Hello?

Police found Sherman on the ground near the Galleria with multiple stab wounds to her chest.

She later died at MetroHealth Medical Center.

"The female was in possession of her purse when she was conveyed to MetroHealth, so it is not known if anything was taken," said Sgt. Sammy Morris, with Cleveland police.

So, what was Sherman doing in the alleyway of Erieview Plaza?

According to court records, that is where her divorce attorney has an office.

Court records also indicate Sherman and her husband were in the middle of a messy divorce.

This Tuesday, both were to appear in court for their divorce trial.

"She was a great mother, caring and compassionate," cried a neighbor of Sherman's, who did not want to be identified.

Sherman was also a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic. The Clinic released the following statement: "We are saddened by the tragic death of our long-time employee, Aliza, who was an invitro fertilization nurse. She has touched many lives and will always be remembered for her warmth and kindness. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time."

Police continue to search for any leads.

"Right now, homicide detectives are looking for witnesses, and going through possible surveillance video," added Sgt. Morris.

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