|Suspected serial killer Michael Madison|
From left: Angela Deskins, Shirellda Terry and Shetisha Sheeley, the alleged victims of suspected serial killer Michael Madison
Organizers said that speakers at the upcoming rally include Black elected officials, namely state Rep Bill Patmon, Cleveland Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, and East Cleveland Councilman Nate Martin, victims and victims family members of violence, community activists, and Black clergy.
A convicted drug dealer and sex offender who served four years in prison for attempted rape prior to the most recent crimes he is charged with, Madison, 37, and also Black, is accused of kidnapping and killing Shirellda Terry, 18, Angela Deskins, 38, and Shetisha Sheeley, 28 at the time. He is in jail on a $6 million bond.
Terry's body was found in a garage leased to Madison on July 19, 2013 at the intersection of Shaw and Hayden Avenues in East Cleveland, and the remains of Deskins and Sheeley were uncovered the following day in the same vicinity, one in a nearby vacant house, and the other in the backyard.
Missing persons reports had been filed by the families of all three women, two of whom resided in neighboring Cleveland.
Community activists said that Sunday's upcoming rally is in response to the East Cleveland serial murders, the murders of 11 Black women from 2008 to 2009 on Cleveland's east side on Imperial Avenue at the then home of since convicted serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell, unsolved murders, and growing concerns of violence against women in general.
Participating activists groups for the rally include the Imperial Women Coalition and the Laura Cowan Foundation, which are the key sponsoring groups, and Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Sister to Sister, Peace in the Hood, Survivors/Victims of Tragedy, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, the Oppressed People's Nation, Revolution Books, and Black on Black Crime Inc.