Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed and local kids warn residents to be vigilant after east side murders

CLEVELAND - Together, members of the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland and Councilman Zack Reed passed out flyers in the area of East 93rd Street, still warning residents to be vigilant after the neighborhood saw two murders and an attack in recent weeks.

As sneakers hit the pavement on East 93rd Street, you could hear the phrase, "Stop the violence!" being yelled.

"We're all in this together and that's what it comes down to," said Councilman Zack Reed, "We know we have one person in custody here for the Jasmine Trotter situation but we still got someone, Bessemer [Street] here… Ms. Malone and then the one down on 93rd St. and Manor, so we still got at least two murders in our community. We know we have a rapist still in our community. "

It's the first time the councilman said he's ever addressed an issue this way, and even more important, he said, is having the kids on the ground.

Reed told NewsChannel5, "The kids go out early in the morning. I mean, we know the two young ladies that were 20-years-old, they were on their way to work, but by the same token a lot of our young people have to get up early to go to school so they need to be also informed that while they're walking the streets, they need to walk in groups. When they see something, they need to say something. "

Neighbors say the attack and murders have shaken the community, the same Mt. Pleasant community that was home to Anthony Sowell. 

Joe Floyd, one of the neighbors to receive a flyer, told NewsChannel5, "People haven't been too happy.  They're scared to go, you know, like my wife she's scared to go, well not afraid but unhappy about going places, like somebody's going to do something to her. "

Seeing the kids and Reed passing out flyers, Floyd said he thinks it will make a difference. He told NewsChannel5, "For someone to have enough courage to do that, very nice."

"He's doing his job. He's doing what a human being should be doing to help other human beings, I believe," said Hasan Anderson of Councilman Reed, even after the legal trouble Reed recently had.

Reed himself said, "This is something that a council person has to do. This is what they elected us to do.  They elected us to represent them. The personal thing was the personal thing, but this is personal in the sense that I and the people that I represent in the Mt. Pleasant community, we had to live through the Sowell situation. We do not want to live through that again. "

"We're going to do what we need to do to ensure that this person is caught and that this person is brought to justice," said Reed.

In addition to information about being vigilant, Reed's flyers also have information of a community meeting that will be hosted by Cleveland council members, the Cleveland 4th District Police Commander and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.

The meeting is scheduled to take place Tuesday, April 9th at 6 p.m., at the East Prep Woodland Hills Campus located at 9201 Crane Ave. near E. 93rd St. and Union Ave.

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