Aliza Sherman, who was fatally stabbed downtown, would have turned 54 years old Friday

CLEVELAND - Dozens of family and friends gathered to celebrate the birthday of Aliza Sherman Friday, a Beachwood resident who was fatally stabbed downtown in March.

"Although she's not physically here with us anymore, her light has not been extinguished," said Jenn Sherman, Aliza's daughter.

Sherman hosted the service at a family friend's home for her mother; a woman she described as genuine and kind.

Guests launched Chinese lanterns in Sherman's honor and lit candles. They also shared stories and poems about the mother of four and Cleveland Clinic nurse who would have turned 54 years old Friday.

"We were very, very close," said MaryAlice Rigden who worked with Sherman at the Clinic.

Sherman was walking to her divorce attorney's office behind the Galleria when she was stabbed 11 times on a Sunday afternoon. Her attacker is still at large. Sherman was set for divorce trial that week.

"It's still unreal to me that something like that could happen to one of my friends," added Rigden.

The reward for information leading to an arrest in Sherman's case was recently doubled. It's now $50,000. If you have any information, you're encouraged to call Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.

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