A Cleveland man now faces a possible death sentence in the 1984 kidnapping, rape and murder of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer.
CLEVELAND - Raymon Pointer sat with his hands clasped except when he answered his cell phone in his pocket. It rang several times during an interview as family members and friends were trying to get more information on the arrest of a suspect in the 1984 murder case of Pointer's sister, Gloria.
"Twenty-nine birthdays, 29 Christmases, 29 Thanksgivings without my sister," said Raymon Pointer, 40, counting the years since Gloria was raped and murdered on her way to school. The 14-year-old was to receive a perfect attendance award that day.
Cleveland police said a DNA match led them to a suspect, whom they have not identified. Officials said "progress" was being made in connection with the case, which was kept in the public's consciousness through Yvonne Pointer. She became an advocate for children and peace, not only throughout the area, but also the nation and parts of Africa.
Raymond Pointer, who was 9 when his sister was killed, said there was never a day when he and his mother did not think of Gloria.
In an interview, Raymon Pointer spoke through a television news camera as if he were speaking directly to the suspect.
"You don't know what you do to people who you do those kinds of things to," said Raymon, his voice delivering the words in a matter-of-fact manner. He said the death of his sister left a large hole in his life.
"It just don't be a one-day thing you forget about," he said. "It goes on; you never forget about your loved ones."
Throughout the 29 years, Yvonne Pointer addressed the case many times, often in public gatherings and with well-known political figures. She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and on the 2001 Essence Awards show. She also appeared many times on Cleveland television and radio programs
As for the suspect in police custody and being questioned, Raymon said his mother would have much more to say about the developments in the case once she received more information.
Cleveland police continued their questioning of the suspect, but have not issued any formal charges yet.
Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Edward Tomba was honored as an "Unsung Hero" Wednesday night for his work in at least two very important investigations.
The man charged with aggravated murder in the 1984 death of Gloria Pointer pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office has indicted the man Cleveland police say kidnapped, raped and killed 14-year-old Gloria Pointer in 1984.
The man accused in the 1984 death of a 14-year-old girl appeared in court Thursday morning.
Cleveland police have charged 58-year-old Hernandez Warren with the 1984 murder of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer.
Raymon Pointer, brother of Gloria Pointer, comments on development in the cold case of his sister.
Cleveland police have a man in custody in connection with the rape and murder of 14 year old Gloria Pointer in December 1984.
A suspect in the 1984 murder of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer served 15 years in prison for a 1985 rape and received probation in a prior drug case allowing him to roam Cleveland streets.
Cleveland police have a man in custody in connection to the unsolved rape and murder of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer in Dec. 1984.