Honorable Judge Jean Murrell Capers passes away

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 10:37:24-04

Honorable Judge Jean Murrell Capers passed away Tuesday at the age of 104. She is remembered fondly by those who knew her.

"On behalf of the people of the City of Cleveland, I extend my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Judge Capers," Mayor Frank Jackson said. "She was an influential and trailblazing as any public figure in the City of Cleveland."

According to Mayor Jackson, Judge Capers mentored future leaders and was an advocate and fighter for Cleveland and its people.

"I remember her as a person who required excellence, order and professionalism," Mayor Jackson said. 

Judge Capers was also the first female African American member of city council.

"As a City Councilwoman, Judge and community advocate, Judge Capers was an icon, a trailblazer, a fighter and a source of inspiration and pride to thousands. She will be truly missed," wrote the Cleveland Chapter of the NAACP.

The president of the local NAACP branch, James Hardiman, said "Cleveland lost a legend today."

"Judge Capers was a role model for women," said Congresswoman Marcia Fudge. "She was a tireless worker and our champion, fighting to defend the rights of all people."

"On behalf of our Court, we are saddened by the loss of Judge Jean Murrell Capers, but we are honored to have been her colleagues," said Honorable John Russo. "She was a pioneer and an inspiration, and Judge Capers will truly be missed."