Garfield Heights homicide victim has been identified as 39-year-old Lavora Woodley

Posted at 8:03 AM, May 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 09:14:53-04

The son of the woman who was killed in Garfield Heights Monday night wants answers about the woman's death.

Lavora Woodley, 39, was found dead in the basement of a home on Orme Road.

"I wanna know how she was killed! I wanna know why she was killed. All I want is justice right now," Woodley's son, Denzel Swindler, told News 5. 

Woodley's family described the woman as loving, funny, and caring, with a smile that meant you'd soon be smiling too.

Garfield Heights police originally responded to the home to investigate a missing person complaint.

Several family members reported their mother was missing after she didn't pick up their granddaughter from school on Monday afternoon.

"I just knew something was wrong," Swindler said. 

Relatives checked inside the home and found Woodley lying face down at the bottom of the basement stairs.

"Her pants were pulled down to her knees. Her chest was out. Her face was swollen," Swindler said. "Her hair in her face. Just laying there. I just wanted to touch her so badly, I wanted to hold her. I wanted to pick her up."

A blue Nissan Versa was missing from the garage and was later located at an abandoned house off of East. 140th Street and Kinsman Ave.

Police confirmed that BCI is investigating. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death.