Jennifer Sherman feels her mother, Aliza, in many places: everywhere she sees a ladybug
CLEVELAND -- Jennifer Sherman feels her mother, Aliza, in many places: Everywhere she sees a ladybug.
"I have seen ladybugs in places and at times where nobody sees ladybugs, and my mom loved ladybugs," she said. "I think that it's her way of saying 'I'm here with you. Always. In the winter. In your mailbox. Wherever you find me.' "
At East 12th and Erieview, the place where Aliza Sherman was stabbed to death one year ago, Jennifer feels nothing. But she comes anyway, on this day with 50 friends and family members, in Aliza's memory.
"We carry on because (Aliza) gives us the courage to carry on, and we know that we need to fight this fight for her, and she would have done it for any of us," said Mary Feuer, a close friend.
Sherman was walking to her attorney's office March 24, 2013. Her contested divorce trial was to start that week.
Cleveland police believe the attack was personal.
They are still waiting for a chance to talk to her husband, Sanford Sherman, who hired a criminal defender.
There have been no arrests, and the only suspect is a figure on a surveillance video, covered in black from head to toe. Experts can't even identify if it's a man or woman. A team including the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office and the FBI investigates.
"There were some things that they suggested and some things that they told us that they had the capabilities of doing as far as cellphone tracking," said Deputy Chief Edward Tomba. "We gave them a series of numbers and asked them to track those numbers for us."
"Maybe we should have done more for her. Maybe we should have been there more for her emotionally," said her brother, Edward Czinn. "One way ... to make it up to her is to look out for others that are in similar situations."
At a ceremony of her life Monday, among prayers and poems, there was pepper spray from Mace to empower women.
"Spray it back and forth, pointer finger or your thumb. Whatever is most comfortable," said Jessica Adanich, creative manager for Mace brand, which is based in Cleveland."It's a great nonlethal way to stop the attacker and give you time to get to emergency assistance."
Jennifer says Justice for Aliza is an unstoppable mission.
"From the moment this happened, I knew that I was never going to stop," she said. "I think, as we saw here today, there are a ton of people as dedicated as I am in this fight for justice."
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