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Funeral for Cleveland detective James Skernivitz to be held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sept. 11

James Skernivitz
Posted at 9:30 AM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 16:34:34-04

CLEVELAND — A funeral service for Cleveland police detective James Skernivitz will be held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Friday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.

JACK Cleveland Casino announced it will be offering free parking at its Ontario parking garage to accommodate the guests of the service.

The funeral service at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse is private and open only to family, friends, colleagues and invited guests, according to a city news release. Mask mandates and other safety protocols will be enforced in the venue.

Members of the public and those without tickets will be able to watch a livestream of the event on the Cleveland Division of Police Facebook page.

The City of Cleveland announced the follow street closures:

CARNEGIE AVE. – East 9th St. to Ontario St. (1 east bound lane open for access to Tri-C garage)

ONTARIO ST. – Carnegie Ave. to Huron Rd. (2 south bound lanes open for adequate egress)

HURON RD. – Ontario St. to Prospect Ave. (local access to business and garages will be allowed)

EAST 4th ST. – High St. to Huron Rd.

No parking will be allowed for the public at the following locations:

Ontario St. parking cut outs between Carnegie Ave. and Huron Rd.

Huron Rd from West 6th St. to Prospect Ave.

East 4th St. from High Ave. to Huron Rd.

East 9th St. from Bolivar Rd. to Erie Ct.

Bolivar Rd. from East 7th St. to East 9th St.

Skernivitz, 53, was shot and killed around 10 p.m. in the 3200 block of West 65th Street on Sept. 3. Another person, later identified as Scott Dingess, 50, was also killed. Police said Dingess was a victim of the shooting and not a suspect.

Skernivitz leaves behind a wife and three children.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to support the education of his children. The manner for doing so was not provided in his obituary. We will share that information when we get it.

Friends will be received with masks and social distancing for visitation on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the A. Ripepi and Sons Funeral Home, 18149 Bagley Road, in Middleburg Heights.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Skernivitz, visit the Ripepi floral store here.


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