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Family pleads for answers a year after 58-year-old Sheila Wallace was killed in McGowan Park

Posted at 11:07 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-18 18:19:24-05

CLEVELAND — It's been one year since police say 58-year-old Sheila Wallace was shot and killed in McGowan Park.

The search for whoever shot her is still ongoing.

On Friday night, Wallace's family and community came together for a candlelight vigil to honor her.

“Justice for Sheila” chants echoed through the same park where Wallace was murdered.

“I started crying walking up. I just started losing it,” Sheila Wallace’s daughter, Katie Wallace said. “It makes me uneasy just knowing that this is where she took her last breath. Knowing that she died alone on the ground here, it's just not a happy memory. Just knowing that that happened, it's just not fair.”

Sheila Wallace worked for the Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland police said she was walking her dog when she was shot in the head. Sheila Wallace’s death changed the West side community where she grew up and sparked the creation of the West 130th Block Watch, the neighborhood watch group hosted Friday’s candlelight vigil.

“The community came together and wanted to make it a safe place again,” Kate Wallace said. “Just to see this much support is just a beautiful thing and I think it's a testament to who my mother was and how loved she was.”

Though Sheila Wallace’s family continues to cope with life without her, they’re pleading for answers.

“If you know something say something. Anything please,” Katie Wallace said. “We just want peace from this.”

A $5,000 reward from Crime Stoppers is still available as investigators search for leads on Sheila Wallace’s death. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463. Tips are anonymous.

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