A Cleveland man accused of murdering a transgender woman and dumping the body in an Olmsted Township pond is speaking out to NewsChannel5 from behind bars.
OLMSTED TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A memorial will be held Monday from 5-6 p.m. at the Beyond Identities Community Center in Cleveland for Cemia Dove, whose body was found in an Olmsted Township pond.
The group said in a post on Facebook that it would like to have a standing room only event where LGBTQ people in the area can remember the life of Dove and come together to prevent future tragedies of a similar nature.
Community advocate Tiffany Isis Soul and ATGC volunteer Toni Simmons will speak at the event. Attendees will also be encouraged to share memories of Dove.
Olmsted Township officers said Andrey Bridges, 36, was taken into custody Saturday at his Parma residence in connection with the murder.
Dove was reported missing on March 27. On April 17, her half naked body, which was tied to a concrete block, was pulled from a pond on MacKenzie Road near Cook Road.
The BICC is located at 3210 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.
Note: Dove was referred to as Carl Edward Acoff Jr. in past stories, as the body was initially identified as a man. It has since been learned that the victim identifies as a transgendered female, Cemia Dove.
Andrey Bridges, the man facing multiple charges in the case of a body found in an Olmsted Township pond, appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Thursday morning.
Police and FBI agents arrested a suspect wanted in the murder of Carl Edward Acoff Jr.
The man accused of killing transgender woman Cemia Dove and leaving her remains in an Olmsted Township pond was indicted on murder and kidnapping charges.
The man accused of killing Cemia Dove and leaving her body in an Olmsted Township pond appeared in court on Friday.
A memorial will be held Monday from 5-6 p.m. at the Beyond Identities Community Center in Cleveland for Cemia Dove, whose body was found in an Olmsted Township pond.
Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman said the murder of a transgender woman whose body was found in a pond should be treated as a hate crime.
Olmsted Township police have identified the man's body found in a pond and tied to a concrete block and steel pipe on April 17.