Nikki Delamotte, a young cleveland.com culture reporter who became a beloved staple in Cleveland journalism, was shot and killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Wood County earlier this week.
Her supportive community has gathered together in the midst of this tragedy to honor and mourn her life in a candlelight vigil.
The vigil will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 at Edgewater Park near the script Cleveland sign. The gathering begins at 6:30 p.m., and those attending are encouraged to dress warm and bring a candle.
There are also several efforts to help ease the stress on her loved ones who are dealing with the aftermath of Delamotte’s death.
A GoFundMe has been set up with the proceeds going first to pay for memorial services and the remainder to assist Delamotte’s boyfriend, mother, and pets. GoFundMe link .
An in-person raffle is being held at The Side Quest bar in Lakewood on Friday, Nov. 16. The event begins at 5 p.m. and runs throughout the evening, ending at 2 a.m.
This event includes a silent auction and benefit raffle, with all proceeds going to Delamotte’s boyfriend and mother. The bar is also donating 15 percent of sales to them and will have an open mic set up for anyone who would like to speak or share memories and stories.
Raffle donations can be dropped off at 1384 Bonnieview Avenue in Lakewood on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 12 p.m to 9 p.m. There is a Facebook event for the raffle as well.
For more information on the vigil and fundraising efforts, contact Rachel Kacenjar at 216-577-4438 or email@example.com