Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Edward Tomba was honored as an "Unsung Hero" Wednesday night for his work in at least two very important investigations.
CLEVELAND - Dozens of people gathered on East 12th Street near St. Clair Avenue in downtown Cleveland Tuesday to call on the person responsible for Aliza Sherman's death to step forward.
The Cleveland Clinic nurse and Beachwood resident was stabbed 11 times last month behind the Galleria. It's the same spot where Sherman's friends and acquaintances gathered pleading for leads and offering a reward.
So far, Cleveland police still have not made an arrest.
"Whoever did this is a monster and didn't have a soul," said an emotional Jan Lash, Sherman's close friend for nearly 30 years. "We need to find out who did this."
Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers, as well as Sherman's family and friends, are offering a $25,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest in the case.
"It's a cash reward," said Dave Rutt with Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers. "You don't give your name. Somebody knows something, somebody heard something."
"Her children are suffering so badly," said Mary Feuer, another longtime friend of Sherman's. "It's horrible to see these children suffer like this."
The 53-year-old was a mother to three sons and a daughter. For the past two years, friends said she was going through a bitter divorce with her husband, Dr. Sanford Sherman, an ophthalmologist. They were set for divorce trial two days after she was murdered.
"She was tormented," said Lash. "That's all we can say about that."
Sherman was leaving her divorce attorney's office at 55 Erieview Plaza around 5:30 p.m. on March 24 when the incident happened – a normally quiet time in that area with few people around.
"I can't imagine that someone was here in broad daylight and we don't have answers yet," said Maria Zoul, a good friend and former colleague of Sherman's.
Cleveland police are asking anyone with evidence or surveillance video near the crime scene to call them at 216-623-5464. Crime Stoppers may be reached anonymously at 216-252-7463 or on their website at www.25crime.com. You never give your name.
"To think about this beautiful, thin, helpless woman being stabbed the way she was is very hard to accept," said Zoul.
The daughter of murder victim Aliza Sherman announced Tuesday that the reward for information leading to an arrest is now up to $50,000.
The group Justice for Aliza is hosting free self-defense training for women.
Cleveland Public Safety Director Martin Flask responded to a recent petition about the murder of Aliza Sherman.
An online campaign is pushing for Cleveland officials to do more about safety downtown after a Cleveland Clinic nurse was murdered in March.
Family and friends of Aliza Sherman are holding another rally May 30 to promote awareness of her brutal murder and to ensure safety in downtown Cleveland.
The estranged husband of the Cleveland Clinic nurse who was murdered in downtown Cleveland earlier this year has hired a prominent attorney to represent him.
A community walk for Aliza Sherman, the mother brutally murdered in broad daylight, will take place on Sunday.
The Maple Heights man who spent final moments with Aliza Sherman and called 911 for help has reached out to her family, upset an arrest still hasn't been made in her stabbing death.
A Facebook page "Justice for Aliza Sherman" has been created in hopes it will help lead to information about the person who brutally murdered the Cleveland Clinic nurse downtown.