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Family of woman murdered while walking her dog begs for public's help to catch killers

Reward doubled for information
Posted at 5:42 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 18:50:29-05

CLEVELAND — With tears streaming down her face, Katie Wallace, explained the heartbreak she feels after her mother was murdered.

“I’ve never not had her, I’ve never gone this long without talking to her, I don’t know how I survived two weeks without her,” said Wallace.

“There’s a part of me that thinks I’m going to wake up tomorrow and this is all going to be a really bad dream,” said Wallace. "But it’s not. It is a nightmare that continues."

Sheila Wallace was walking her dog in McGowan Park on January 17. It was 7 p.m. and when she was shot in the head and killed. Her dog was found next to her.

Investigators believe it was a random act of violence. “It sucks to say she was at the wrong place at the wrong time, but she was,” said her son Luke Wallace.

Sheila Wallace worked at the Cleveland Clinic, she volunteered at church and a nursing home, she lived in the same neighborhood her entire life. “She believed there was still good in this world and in this community and she put her faith in that,” said Luke Wallace.

The family raised money to add to the reward being offered by Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers. The reward is now $5,000.

Sources said police are looking for two people they believe killed the 58-year-old Wallace. Her family said police have video which captures the suspects.

“Unless we get these killers off the street, there will be no safe place in the city of Cleveland,” said Richard McIntosh with Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County.

Crime Stoppers is anonymous. “Crime Stoppers has been in business 27 years and we have never identified anyone who has given us information,” said McIntosh.

Sheila Wallace’s children area begging the public for help. “What if it was your mom, the person who met the most to you in the entire world,” said Katie Wallace. “Please do the right thing for us, for her,” she said through her tears.

“I talked to her almost every day, we rode together when I worked downtown, we’d go shopping. Everything and anything that you could think of. So much more than someone killed her, someone took away my whole world. I don’t know how I’m supposed to exist without her,” said Wallace.

Wallace’s dog is now with her son and his family.

If you have any information that can help solve the murder of Sheila Wallace, call Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.