Families of Anthony Sowell's victims mark 4 years since Imperial Avenue; still waiting for memorial

CLEVELAND - It is not easy for Adlean Atterberry to return to Imperial Avenue. "My daughter was buried right over the other side of that fence," she said.

Her daughter was Michelle Mason, one of the 11 victims of convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell.

Atterberry and Mason's two sons did return though for a vigil Tuesday night marking the fourth anniversary of the discovery of the first bodies.

"I avoid this street, yes, they going to put a memorial type thing up and I'll be glad when they do that," said Atterberry.

Even though a memorial is planned, the fact that there isn't one up yet four years later was upsetting to some family members. Especially considering the Seymour Avenue area surrounding the home of Ariel Castro has already been replanted with shrubs and flowers.

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"This isn't a memorial this is an empty field with some pebbles, this is not a memorial site, it's not, go to the west side that's a memorial site," said Lavita Kennedy.

Donnita Carmichael, daughter of victim Tonia Carmichael said it's all so tiring.

"My mother was exhumed from that backyard and this is what I have to look at four years later," she said. "It's just sad, I'm just ready for change. I'm tired, it's just enough."

That being said Carmichael was glad she came to the vigil that drew around one hundred people.

"I'm not sorry I came out because I had the opportunity to see some of the other family members today, we have such a bond that cannot be broken and all of our lives are forever changed," she said.

"I'm glad I came out to pay my mother respect, to pay the other victims respect and see the other families."

Sowell was convicted and sentenced to death in 2011, the home at 12205 Imperial Avenue was torn down later that year.

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