Yvonne Pointer’s journey to honor her daughter takes another amazing step

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CLEVELAND-- Community activist Yvonne Pointer, who has been an extraordinary advocate for children, will open a preschool in Ghana, West Africa Saturday in honor of her daughter.

Gloria Pointer
Gloria Pointer

Gloria Pointer was only 14 when she was beaten, raped, and murdered in 1984 in Cleveland.

Her killer, Hernandez Warren, 60, was only found after DNA evidence linked him to the crime.

He was sentenced to life in prison last year.

Since Gloria's death, her mother, Yvonne, has worked tirelessly on behalf of children's issues.

But the story of the school has quite a twist. "A young man...found a piece of paper in 2003 about the rape and murder of Gloria Pointer," Yvonne said.

That young man was in Africa, and over a decade later, Yvonne is there this weekend to dedicate the school in her daughter's name.

"And we currently have about 50 students," Yvonne told us from Africa, "and it's through the generosity of Clevelanders and people around the country that we have been able to do this."

Yvonne said it is a "very emotional" time as she recalls her daughter.  "The fact that her name lives on in this village in Ghana, West Africa is a blessing," she said.

Common Pleas Judge David Matia spoke for many people when talking about Yvonne shortly after her daughter's killer was sentenced. "The amount of good she has done in her daughter's name is staggering," Judge Matia said.

And that good continues this weekend in Africa with the dedication of the school. "The message is you never give up hope and one person can make a difference," Yvonne says.

"And hopefully," she adds, "this will encourage, especially those who've been victimized by violence, to not just lay down in your grief, but get up and change the world."

 **Much more on Yvonne Pointer here**

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