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Vigil held for young mother gunned down in East Cleveland

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Posted at 6:39 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 06:39:44-05

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — A vigil was held Thursday for a woman gunned down in front of her fiancé and young son in East Cleveland Monday night.

“I don’t think they were the victims like somebody plotted on them,” Richard Pierce said. “I just think that it was a random act. Wrong place at the wrong time.”

Pierce said his daughter, Osceana Pierce, her four-year-old son and her fiancé were leaving a family member’s house after picking up furniture for their new apartment when they were shot at while in their vehicle at the intersection of Hayden and Superior avenues.

“They worked and took care of home. They were homely people,” Pierce said. “To my understanding, they were just victims of the streets. Casualties of the streets.”

Osceana Pierce, 25, died from gunshot wounds and will never return to her job at University Hospitals.

Her young son was robbed of his innocence and his mother in what family members call a random act of violence.

“We’ll never be able to replace her. The love, the time, the blessing of just having her in your presence,” Richard Pierce said of his daughter. “We’ll never be able to replace that for her son.”

Family members are asking anyone with information to contact East Cleveland police. So far, no arrests have been made in the case.