Family wants answers after man's body found beaten and set on fire in Cleveland

CLEVELAND - It has been three months since a landscaper's body was found under a burning pile of leaves in front of a condemned home in Cleveland’s Kinsman neighborhood. 

No arrests have been made in the death of 28-year-old Leroy Speed.

Fire crews found Speed’s body on a mattress in front of a vacant home on the 9100 block of Laisy Avenue after putting out the flames.

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His family said they are desperate for answers.

“Why did you do it? What reason? Why? That’s really what I want to know. Why did you do that to my son?” Speed's mother Madlynn Mitchell said.

She said Speed was always laughing, always singing.

“If you looked at him, he looked like a teddy bear,” she said. “He smiled, joked around, he was a fun guy.”

Cleveland police said the investigation into Speed’s death remains open. The city of Cleveland said they are in the process of putting the condemned home on Laisy Avenue on the demolition list.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office still doesn't have an official cause of death.

Mitchell ID'd his body and believes it was blunt force trauma to the head and the fact that he was burned that killed him.

Speed left behind three young children.

“It’s hard for me to explain to a little child that he’s not coming back,” Mitchell said.

If you have any information, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County at 216 252-7463. You can also CLICK HERE to submit an anonymous online tip.

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