Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed, residents to canvass east side neighborhood after murders

Community meeting scheduled for 4/9

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed and concerned residents will go door to door around East 93rd Street warning neighbors about a number of recent murders and an abduction attempt on the southeast side.

The group will meet at East 93rd Street and Prince Avenue at 5 p.m. to begin canvassing the area.

"Three women in our community have been murdered in recent weeks and another woman was fortunate to escape from her attacker this past weekend," explained Reed in a news release. "All residents in Cleveland's southeast neighborhoods need to be looking out for one another and help Cleveland police by providing any information or reporting any suspicious activity.  We must work together to put a stop to these recent horrific crimes."

Councilman Reed and volunteers will hand out flyers with a description of the abduction suspect, safety tips and details on a community meeting set for April 9. The meeting will include updates and safety tips from Cleveland police and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.

The meeting will be held at the E Prep Woodland Hills Campus, 9201 Crane Ave. near East 93rd Street and Union Avenue at 6 p.m.

Jazmine Trotter and Christine Malone were both found dead along East 93rd Street last week. Both women had been beaten to death, the medical examiner's office confirmed.

On Saturday, police said three people stopped an assault on a 20-year-old woman who was walking to work around 5:30 a.m. The victim was attacked and dragged behind a vacant house in the 2900 block of East 116th Street before escaping.

Although the murders and abduction attempt have similarities, Cleveland police said there is no evidence linking the crimes. If you have tips about these cases, or others, you can anonymously call Cleveland detectives at (216) 623-5630.

If you're walking alone after dark or before daylight, Cleveland police offer these tips:

- Be aware of your surroundings
- Be alert: Do not be preoccupied or distracted by texting, listening to music, playing games on cellphones
- Always tell a friend or family member where you are going
- Call police if you see anything suspicious

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