Daughters of two of serial killer Anthony Sowell's victims walked the vacant lot on Imperial Avenue for the first time since their mothers' bodies were recovered nearly four years ago.
CLEVELAND - Goddesses Blessing Goddesses (GBG), a local non-profit group whose mission is to empower women through enlightenment, held its fourth annual Mother's Day of Awareness vigil Sunday at the Imperial Avenue memorial site where 11 women were found murdered inside the home of Anthony Sowell.
The event was held to honor mothers, daughters and all women, especially those who have been victimized.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were also prayed for.
Organizers passed along a new message of hope for Imperial and Seymour avenues.
"A community infused with violence could never be sustainable," said GBG executive director, the Rev. Dr. LaDonna Blaylock. "We need to work together as people on this planet and respect women."
A candle was lit and lilies were planted in a small garden to remember the women victims.
"There's some red lilies in the middle for Amanda, Gina, Michelle and their families," added Blaylock.
GBG art therapist Jill Failing did not let cool temperatures and hail stop her from attending. She was amazed with Amanda Berry's strength during Monday's escape from the Seymour Avenue home of Ariel Castro.
"Amanda's just been great," said Failing. "She didn't leave them girls in that house by themselves. She made sure that they were rescued safely."
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