EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - Amid Monday's indictment of 35-year-old Michael Madison, community members gathered at two separate events to remember East Cleveland's victims and the police work done to stop their suspected murderer.
At Shaw High School, members of East Cleveland's faith community joined the victims' families at a gospel music event, organized by East Cleveland's Judge William Dawson and Rodney Hubbard, a known musician in the area.
"You could feel the love," said Melissa Minor, Shirellda Terry's step-sister. Terry was the youngest of the three victims.
"We know that God is with us, but it's just awesome to see the community come together in one accord and just support us. It's amazing honestly," Minor said.
"This service here is giving everybody exactly what they need, a feeling from the inside that will flow on the outside," said Minister Tanya Williams, speaking on behalf of Sheitisha Sheeley's family.
At the Helen S. Brown Center on Euclid Avenue, another gathering took place honoring police for their prompt actions during the East Cleveland murder investigation. East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton issued proclamations to the city's detectives and officers.
"I want you to understand what your police in the East Cleveland Police Department accomplished last week."
Commenting on both events, Dawson told NewsChannel5, "Both are different, but both are important."
Also on Monday, a Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted Madison for the murders of all three East Cleveland Victims.
The 14-count indictment includes two counts each of aggravated murder in the deaths of Sheeley, Angela Deskins and Terry. Other charges include kidnapping, rape, gross abuse of a corpse and having weapons under disability.
In a separate case, Madison was also charged with a single felony count of failure to provide notice of change of address. Madison is a convicted sex offender, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to attempted rape.