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Cleveland woman's unconventional plea for justice in quadruple homicide

Posted at 10:36 PM, Oct 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 09:48:09-04

CLEVELAND — It has been nearly a month since four bodies were found in an abandoned home on East 144th Street.

No arrests have been made in relation to the quadruple homicide, but one woman is hoping to call attention to the investigation in an unconventional way.

“You know, there’s too many unsolved cases in the city of Cleveland and something absolutely has to be done,” Denise Serena said.

Serena said pleas for justice have fallen on deaf ears and she plans to pay her respects to the four young adults in a way people will not be able to ignore.

“And this is just a good way to bring attention,” Serena said. “You know, you’re standing in the middle of Kinsman hula hooping. People are going to look.”

Aiyanna Quitman, DeJuan Willis, Jazmyne Lawson and Christopher Monroe are the four names Serena fears may soon be forgotten.

“I am disturbed that there is not a lot of talk about it,” Serena said. “The residents aren’t talking about it. The community isn’t speaking about it.”

She hopes hula hooping on the busy East Side street will force people to do a double-take and raise questions.

“Talk to the family. Find out how the family is doing,” Serena said. “You know, what’s going on with them?”

She hopes to call attention to not only this quadruple homicide investigation in particular, but the growing number of violent crimes on Cleveland’s East Side.

For five hours she plans to turn in circles for justice with the hope that neighbors will not turn a blind eye.

“I do not want them to be forgotten and overlooked with all of the other tragedies that are daily occurring in the city,” Serena said.

Serena will be hula hooping in the Save-A-Lot parking lot located at 14301 Kinsman Rd. She invites the community to join her from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday.

The Cleveland Division of Police, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County, Inc. are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest regarding this case.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Cleveland Division of Police. Your tips will remain anonymous.

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