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A community fed up with recent violence against women

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Community members unite to rally against violence. Community members unite to rally against violence.
EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

While accused killer Michael Madison is at the Cuyahoga County Jail, in East Cleveland, dozens came out to show support for the victims and their families.

The murders of Shirellda Terry, Shetesia Sheeley and Angela Deskins led to the gathering. 

The message during the East Cleveland rally was "Stop the violence against women."    

"We are our brother's keepers.  We are our sister's keepers," was the point that speakers wanted to drive home.

East Cleveland is an impoverished suburb of Cleveland, the city where Serial Killer Anthony Sowell murdered 11 Black women at his home on Imperial Avenue from 2008-2009 and from which the Imperial Women activist group was founded.

Cleveland is also the city where Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight were raped and held captive suspect Arial Castro for more than nine years until two and a half months ago.

Three more women, Christine Malone, Jazmine Trotter and Ashley Leszynski  are among  the women raped and murdered since March on Cleveland's east side.

Sheeley's mother was there, too distraught to speak and understandably so.  Sheeley's mom was still healing from another tragedy.  She witnessed her son's murder just seven months ago.

About two dozen people searched these woods hoping not to find any evidence of more victims as the police investigation continues.

Michael Madison remains in jail on a $ 6 million bond. He was taken into custody last week  after a police standoff at his mother's home. 

Meanwhile, East Cleveland police began searching abandoned buildings and other places for more missing women with the help of community activists and volunteers.

"East Cleveland needs to come together and unite and stop all this violence and killing these innocent women," says Laini Woods.

"We're trying to wake up the community.  Show that Black on Black crime...just trying to make the streets safe again," says Michael White.

One volunteer said he found a small bone in an abandoned apartment building. It's not clear if the bone was human.  Police are investigating.

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