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Cleveland: Police make arrest in 1984 murder of teenager

1:53 AM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Police say they have made an arrest in the murder of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer.

In the wake of the rescue of three missing women, it appears that another past high-profile case may have an unexpected ending.

Gloria Pointer's mother Yvonne said, "If I were to use the words miracle or unreal, it's hard to describe what it feels like. It's something you've been waiting for for so long."

Gloria was abducted, raped and murdered on her way to school in 1984. She died of blunt force trauma.

It was one of several kidnappings and murders of teen-age girls in late 1984 on Cleveland's East Side.

A suspect described as tall and thin was seen fleeing the scene.

Yvonne Pointer has become a motivational speaker, an anti-violence activist and advocate for missing children  locally and nationally.

She used her tragedy to find the strength to seek changes that would make communities safer. 

She is a member of Parents of Murdered Children, has established a Gloria Pointer Scholarship to help an inner city student every year, and helped bring a Midnight Basketball program to Cleveland to give young people a postive outlet.

The suspect is a 58-year-old sex offender and was linked to the case throught DNA tests.

Yvonne Pointer speaks of forgiving the suspect, if he turns out to be the killer.

"He's the only one who can answer what happened. When he sees I've forgiven him, he'll be able to unload his burden," she said.

An Attorney General's spokesperson said its office was notified of a match from the national DNA database and passed the information to local authorities.

Maria Russo, a spokesperson for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, said, "Progress has been made in the matter of Gloria Pointer. We cannot give out any more information at this time."

The Prosecutor's Cold Case Unit has been working on the case.

In 2012, Gloria's mother, Yvonne, was on Channel 3 News at 7 with Nancy Ruiz, the mother of Gina DeJesus.

Both talked about the hope and strength required to endure through such difficult circumstances. 

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