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.