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Mother's mission to find her son's killer after he was murdered in his Tremont apartment

Posted at 8:20 AM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 08:46:46-05

A local mother is on a mission to find who is responsible for her son's death after he was murdered seven years ago in his Tremont apartment.

Lynn Cartellone said her son, Brandon Cartellone, who was 21 at the time, was found tied up and murdered in his Tremont apartment on July 26, 2011.

"The detective came to my door around 5 o'clock in the morning, he showed me his badge,” said Lynn Cartellone, who recalls that morning like it was yesterday.

“There are thousands of families across the nation that are experiencing this. I've had to claw my way out of that hole of grief."

Cartellone said she immersed herself in solving the case as police offered little help or developments.

"I was told by the detectives, "we just don't have time to work on this stuff,” said Cartellone. “You really feel you can trust your detectives, and then little by little, you realize you can't. I trusted the process I was told to trust."

She wants police to hold roundtable discussions with victim’s families, and consider combining different units—anything to bring reform.

“There’s a lot of FBI agents and forensics that don't ever wanna stop,” said Cartellone. “They have a passion."

The next Cleveland Community Police Commission meeting is March 27 at the Neighborhood Leadership Institute.