Cleveland police say two recent east side murders not connected; Neighbors still on edge

Police looking at both murders

CLEVELAND - Residents on Bessemer Avenue in Cleveland are concerned someone may be targeting woman.

On Thursday, Christine Malone was found dead in a field on the street. Less than a week ago, the body of Jazmine Trotter was found less than 2 miles away.

Both women were beaten, according to police, but no official cause of death has been released in either case.

Neighbors said they believe the deaths are similar and that's what has them on age.

"Things got to change," said Laura Cowan of Peace in the Hood. "It's sad that I don't see any involvement from the community. It should be in an uproar right now."

But some feel fear may be holding some back.

"Everybody's scared around the neighborhood," said Devin Long. He thinks people need to step up because the next victim, "could be your sister or mother."

Investigators said on Friday they don't believe the two murders are connected.

"The only connection is their race and proximity," one investigator told NewsChannel5 who did not want to be named.

Police are waiting on the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office for the finished report.

Police are asking anyone who may know something about the murders to come forward.

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