$25,000 cash reward offered for information about downtown Cleveland fatal stabbing of Aliza Sherman

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.


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