|Murder victims Jazmine Trotter, Christine Malone and Ashley Leszyeski. Their assailant is still at large, Cleveland police said.|
From the Metro Desk of Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog
CLEVELAND, Ohio- Community activists and victims family members will host the Second Anniversary of the East 93rd Street Cleveland Rape and Murders and Stop Violence Against Women Rally and Vigil at 4:45 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the intersection of East 93rd Street and Bessemer Avenue on Cleveland's east side. (From downtown Cleveland at 55th Street take Kinsman Avenue to East 93rd Street, make a right and go about a mile and a half to Bessemer Avenue). For more information contact the Imperial Women Coalition at 216-659-0473.
Jazmine Trotter, 20, and Christine Malone, 43, both Black and both victims of rape and murder, were found in separate vacant lots less than a mile from each other near East 93rd Street and Bessemer Avenue on Cleveland's majority Black east side, and police found the murdered body of 21-year-old Ashley Leszyeski, who was White, in an open field near East 93rd Street and Anderson Avenue less than a mile from where Trotter and Malone were found. (Editor's Note: Cleveland City Council persons, Black state legislators, community activists, and family members of the victims are among the speakers).
Malone's body was discovered by police on March 27, 2013. Trotter's body was found days earlier that same week, and the remains of Leszyeski, who resided on the city's west side, were found in May of that year.
The serial killer assailant of the murdered women is still at large with no major leads, police said. And since their murders more greater Cleveland women have been raped and found dead in large numbers, and there is an increase in rapes and murders in Cleveland this year, data show.
The Malone family is a key organizer of the rally and her daughter, Angelique Malone, is a keynote speaker.
"They have forgotten about our mother," said Angelique Malone, one of nine children of Christine Malone.
The twin sister of Jasmine Trotter, specifically, Yasmine Trotter, will also speak, among others.
"Women's lives matter too, and we need to be assured that authorities, including the police, have done everything they can do to find the killer of these women, " said Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Imperial Women Coalition, a grassroots activists' group founded in 2009 around the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland at the home of since convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell.
Local area community activists want a missing persons center and more resources from the city and county coffers to help deal with what they say is an epidemic of violence against women, including rape and murder, which disproportionately impacts poor Black women, data show.
In addition to the Imperial Women Coalition, other grassroots groups associated with the rally and vigil include Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Peace in the Hood, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Sister to Sister, and People for the Imperial Act. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)