CLEVELAND - An online campaign is pushing for Cleveland officials to do more about safety downtown after a Cleveland Clinic nurse was murdered in March.
Aliza Sherman was found in a pool of blood near her divorce attorney's office near East 12th Street at about 5:30 p.m. on March 24. The 53-year-old mother of four was taken to the hospital, where she died from multiple stab wounds.
Just days after the homicide, Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said the crime was targeted and that case information was being kept under wraps.
"If I thought their safety was in jeopardy, I'd be the first one to knock at their door," McGrath told NewsChannel5's Kristin Volk on March 28.
The group Justice for Aliza created a petition on change.org addressed to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland Public Safety Director Martin Flask, Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman and the police chief. The petition, which has more than 300 signatures, criticizes authorities for a killer on the loose and demands safety for women in Cleveland.
[Read the petition here: http://chn.ge/11C1vXd ]
Justice for Aliza has organized rallies and walks, while posting pictures of Sherman around The Galleria at Erieview.
Cleveland police have not identified any suspects in the case, but did release a surveillance video. Police said the 10-second clip shows a person of interest running down the street at East 13th Street and Hamilton Avenue after the stabbing.
Friends of Sherman said she was in the middle of a divorce. Her estranged husband has since hired a high-profile Cleveland attorney.
Anyone with information should call the homicide unit at 216-623-5464 or Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463. Tips via text message can be sent by texting "TIP657" to 274637.