CLEVELAND — A community on the East Side of Cleveland is in mourning after a young man was gunned down outside of his family’s auto shop early Saturday morning.
Family and friends of 32-year-old Devin Powers gathered for a vigil Sunday night to honor his life and demand justice.
“Everything he did and everything he did he did with love. All the time. Even if there was anger around him, there was love in his eyes and in his heart,” Melissa Reusch, Devin’s sister, said.
Powers was shot and killed early Saturday morning after an argument at Quality Car Care on Euclid Avenue.
Police say Powers and three other people went into the parking lot when a group of men showed up and started shooting.
Powers was struck and later died at a nearby hospital.
“They robbed me of my family and my baby brother. I didn’t even get to tell him goodbye and I love him,” Reusch said.
Now, Reusch is trying to cope with a loss she hoped she’d never have to endure.
“That was my worst nightmare and it came true, it came true,” Reusch said.
Tonight, she, other family members, and loved ones gathered for a vigil outside Quality Car Care where he worked, remembering the man described as “not perfect”, but still a role model.
And above all—a loving father.
“My brother, all he wanted was to love his children. And to let them know that he loved them. That was all,” Reusch said.
And demanding justice—asking people to act now to find his killer.
“If this city ever wants to make a mark in history, you’ve got 48 hours, 48 hours to turn this young man in that took Devin from us,” Donna Brown, a field general with Black on Black Crime, Inc., said.
And as her family continues to mourn, Reusch is delivering a message to the person who did this.
“I forgive you. I forgive you. Because for my salvation to be right I have to forgive you.”
Police have not made any arrests in this case or named any persons of interest.