Cleveland car dealer found dead had just complained about crime in News 5 interview

Interview with Trina Kuznik had yet to air
Posted at 9:39 PM, Apr 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-16 11:13:29-04

A Cleveland business owner, who was found dead Friday, had tragically just complained about neighborhood crime in an interview with News 5 that was set to air at a later date.

Trina Kuznik and her husband Michael Kuznik were both found shot to death at their car dealership, Mr. Cars Inc. on E. 185th Street in Cleveland.

Police said the couple’s son discovered their bodies after he had trouble reaching them.

In March, News 5 Investigator Sarah Buduson interviewed Trina Kuznik about a recent break-in at the business for an upcoming story. In the interview, Kuznik complained about police response times and said it took an officer six hours to respond to her call.

"We have a huge problem in this city — a huge problem!” Kuznik said in that March 22 interview that was set to air at a later date.

“You can’t get the police here,” she continued. "There’s either not enough officers, or too much crime or something’s going on to the fact that we can’t get any help or support here.”

Kuznik’s assessment of crime trends tragically described what would happen to her and her husband just weeks later.

“How is it right that people can come and just do this to us and nobody stops it?” she asked. “It’s like the wild west.”

Cleveland Police are still investigating and do not have anyone in custody.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact investigators at 216-623-5464 or Crimestoppers at 216-252-7463.