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Hundreds gather in support of a popular west side bartender, killed on the job

Posted at 7:22 PM, Nov 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-13 23:55:48-05

The family of Missy Brinker is demanding answers from Cleveland Police as hundreds of people gathered Sunday night in a show of support for the popular bartender shot dead. There are no arrests in the case.

"We've laid her to rest," said Matthew Soos, Brinker's longtime boyfriend. "She's at peace now. Now we need peace. Justice is going to give us that peace."

On October 25th, Brinker was a victim of a late night robbery at Cooley Lounge on West 130th. Witnesses said there are four suspects. One of those four shot Brinker multiple times.

"I just want her killer caught," said Ginny Staso, Brinker's mother. "That's all I want."

The family said the robbery turned shooting was caught on surveillance video and handed over to Cleveland Police. But police have not released it.

In an email to News 5, police said the shooting is an open investigation, and no evidentiary information will be released at this time.

Brinker's family believes that by releasing the video to the public, it could spur arrests.

"I just want justice for her," added Staso. '

Brinker's friends and customers want justice too. So on Sunday night, they gathered at the V.F.W. Post on W. 140th Sunday night to remember a woman who they said always had a smile on her face. Together, they raised money for Brinker's funeral expenses.