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Memorial to honor the Imperial Ave. victims hits a snag

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Memorial for the Imperial Ave. victims to be where Anthony Sowell's house once stood. Memorial for the Imperial Ave. victims to be where Anthony Sowell's house once stood.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

We've learned of a major snag in plans to honor the 11 women murdered by serial killer Anthony Sowell.

Construction will not start as planned on Mother's Day. Organizers still need $250,000. 

The Mount Pleasant Ministerial Alliance has been working to create a memorial garden.

Honoring the victims on Imperial Avenue, the site of Sowell's home where the bodies were found. But fundraising has fallen far short.

The ministers behind the project see it as important to everyone.

The architect says it'll include walkways, benches, trees, and engraved monuments.

Almost five years have passed since the bodies were found. Sowell sits on death row.

But a project to help the healing has been stalled.

Donnita Carmichael's mother was one of 11 women murdered. She's grown impatient waiting for the project to be completed.

Reverend Jimmy Gates says much of the delay, until now, has been tied to working through things like the rights to the property.

We're told the land has now been donated. And organizers say they have had offers from companies to do the landscaping for free. But still, the cost of materials is overwhelming.

Want to help? Contact the Mount Pleasant Community zone at 216-752-3492 or send an email to dlcurlee@mpcz.org

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