Cleveland: Mother murdered outside her home

9:04 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The family of Valetta Martin, 45, was getting ready to throw her a surprise birthday party on Saturday, but now they're dealing with the shock of her murder.

Described as a sweet, giving person, she was taken from them Wednesday night.

Police say a gunfight started between two people in the field next to the apartment building on Amesbury Avenue. The police tape is still up, a car has multiple bullet holes, and at least one bullet hit Martin as she left her apartment.

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The mother of five couldn't be saved. Her family was afraid something like this would happen because of the dangers that lived outside.

Now the family is left planning a different kind of ceremony.  One to say goodbye to the woman who took care of so many others.

Police are not releasing any new details on the investigation.


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