News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Meaden & Moore


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


Big sister and murder victim Angela Deskins is remembered
Deskins was one of three women police believe were strangled in East Cleveland in a matter of weeks
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
The Deskins family asked that protestors and activists stay away from the memorial and funeral for Angela Deskins
Courtesy of K. Bhatia
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
A memorial service was held today for one of the three women whose bodies were found in East Cleveland last weekend. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on how family is remembering Angela Deskins.
Big sister and murder victim Angela Deskins is remembered

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:30)


“I feel so bad for anyone who hasn’t had a sister like Angela,” says Catana Deskins, fondly remembering her big sister. “She was loved by so many people in the community and she had so many friends. And we will always love her and always miss her.” 

Catana is an attorney for their father’s demolition business. She had joined in the search for 38-year-old Angela since she went missing on June 7.

The police and neighborhood volunteers began searching for bodies in the neighborhood around Hayden and Shaw Avenues after they got a report last Friday of a foul odor coming from a garage. It was later identified as the body of Shirellda Terry, who was just 18.

The bodies of Deskins and 28-year-old Shetisha Sheeley were discovered the next day. Catana prefers to remember Angela’s influence on her growing up.

“When I was 3 and 4, she was going to a private Catholic school. And when she would get home from school, she would dress up as a nun. And we had a little school desk in our attic. And we would play school because it was really important to her that I have a good start in my education. So she taught me numbers and letters. Between her and my brother, by winter break in kindergarten, I was reading little books. So it was really important to them that I have a good start in my life.”

The memorial in North Collinwood was a somber six-hour affair, with mourners quietly visiting Calhoun Funeral Home, about a dozen at a time. The family asked for protestprs and activists to refrain from attending, and appointed Catana as their spokeswoman. She says, growing up, Angela would visit her grandmother, who lived in East Cleveland. She says the impoverished city understandably has a bad reputation, but it held special ties for her sister.

“I’ve been asked by many reporters, ‘Why did she live in East Cleveland?’ because of the negative feedback East Cleveland is getting in the media. But there are real people who live there and real family ties. It’s a strong community and the events that have happened there are so sad and so horrific, but there are good people who live there, too.”

After the bodies of Angela Deskins, Shetisha Sheeley and Shirellda Terry were found, Michael Madison was arrested and charged with the murders. A convicted sex offender, he’s being held on $6 million bond. The medical examiner says Deskins and Terry were both strangled.  Police are asking anyone with more information to call 1-800-CALLFBI.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio politicians rally against Planned Parenthood
The baby cries out....I am a person too! ... at least do not sell my heart. In an abortion there are three parties involved...the mother, the father and the ch...

Ohio lawmakers propose grants for home construction for disabled people
We have been trying to have a "Visitability Bill" passed for years. Thanks, Greg

Lake County crimes may give Trump immigration fodder
Shoddy reporting at best. "Mixed views" The question that came to my mind was, "How many people did he have to interview to get "mixed views". Do the two peo...

Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announces plans to improve Medicare by lowering prescription costs for seniors
Sounds good. I'm living in Florida to escape the snow. So far it's working. I retired from GM in 2000. Keep pushing for all the working people. In the long run ...

The tiny town that time, and elections, forgot may go out of existence
Thank you for this story. I grew up in Limaville, my parents home is there still...unsellable due to the septic/sewer problem. Sometimes I am sorry I left...wis...

Where Ohio'sJohn Kasich stands in the presidential polls
We are fans of Gov. Kasich since he served in the House of Representatives. It pleases us to finally see him as the potential President of the United States. We...

Cleveland hosts the first national Movement for Black Lives conference
What a wonderful experience this was, So much love and understanding, without all of the other distractions that tend to come with organizing for change, this e...

Air Force unit gets training and Youngstown gets rid of some eyesores
Do they have to totally destroy all the beautiful oak and leaded windows, which I am thinking are probably there? Do they just have to destroy them like that? C...

Jewish challah and Native American fry bread at an Akron cultural exchange
Each time I saw the young students relate to each other, I got goose bumps. These young students can and hopefully will teach all of us to live and respect eac...

One of the Cleveland Orchestra's most celebrated musicians bids farewell
I had the honor of studying with Franklin Cohen in the late 80s and early 90s. He is unparalleled both as a clarinetist and as a musician. His deep personal war...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University