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Family of man gunned down on Cleveland's east side pleading for answers, justice

Posted at 10:40 AM, Aug 30, 2020

CLEVELAND — It's been more than a month since 27-year-old Allante Riggins was gunned down on Cleveland's east side. Now, his family is pleading for answers and justice for the man they say was a devoted family man and father who worked two jobs to take care of his kids - a 4-year-old and an 8-year-old.

“We've lost our family member, and we have to fight for him because no one else will fight for him. So that's why we're fighting,” Allante Riggins’ sister, Arisia Riggins, said.

Back on July 25, police say Riggins was shot at a shopping plaza on East 75th Street and Kinsman Avenue during an altercation with two people in a vehicle in the parking lot. The entire incident was caught on surveillance video.

“All he did- they had a conversation, my son walked towards this guy and he blatantly and cold bloodedly, and cowardly shot him and killed him,” A. Maserati Riggins, Allante Riggins’ dad, said.

Riggins was then taken to University Hospitals where he died the next day.

“It was caught in broad daylight. It was all caught on surveillance,” Adora Riggins, Allante Riggins’ sister, said.

For family members, the pain of losing him runs deep.

“He was everything to us. We miss him dearly,” Riggins said.

“He was a magnificent son. I’m not saying that because he's my son I'm saying it because it's the truth,” A. Maserati Riggins said.

Arisia Riggins says the family has had meetings with a homicide detective, but she says a “substantial” amount of time has passed since then with no updates.

“He did reach out to me right before this interview, and they're working but they do need more help. So that's what we're here for,” Riggins said.

She’s hoping that bringing more awareness to the case will bring her brother’s killers to justice.

“We want justice. We want for those two individuals that are on the surveillance tape to be held accountable, and tried in court, and we want closure for our family,” Riggins said.

The Riggins family is asking for anyone with information about Allante Riggins’ murder to come forward.

News 5 reached out to Cleveland Police for an update on the case but have not heard back yet.

Jade Jarvis is a reporter at News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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