FBI assisting Cleveland police in murders of two women, assault on city's east side

CLEVELAND - The FBI is now involved with Cleveland police to investigate the murders of two women and an attempted assault within small area on the city's east side over the past week.

According to Vicki Anderson with the FBI, Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath and several other city officials held a meeting Monday morning to request the FBI's help investigating the two recent homicides on East 93rd Street and Bessemer Avenue.

FBI agents are out collecting additional evidence Tuesday morning in the area of the homicides.

Jazmine Trotter and Christine Malone were both found dead along East 93rd Street last week. The medical examiner's office said both women had been beaten and their official cause of death has been ruled "blunt head trauma and cervical compression."

On Friday, Cleveland police told NewsChannel5 they didn't believe the murders were connected.

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

On Saturday, police said three people stopped an assault on a woman who was attacked and dragged behind a house on East 116th Street.

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