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EAST CLEVELAND - The families of the East Cleveland victims joined together Wednesday night along with members of the community for a rally aimed at stopping violence against women.

The rally took place near the intersection of Hayden and Shaw avenues where the three women's bodies were discovered.

Dozens of people, community leaders, and elected officials from all over showed up in solidarity for the event and pledged to work together toward change.

"We will take our streets back we will protect our families," shouted minister Tanya Robinson Williams as she addressed the crowd.

"Begin to question suspicious men and women, begin to ask people what are they doing in your neighborhood, begin to not just see but start to look, begin to recognize and make them feel uncomfortable in our neighborhoods."

Now joined together through tragedy, the families of Angela Deskins, Shetisha Sheeley, and Shirellda Terry share a bond only few can understand.

Yvonne Pointer, whose daughter's rape and murder went unsolved for nearly 30 years, offered the following words of consolation.

"I do want the families to know, I'm speaking to you directly now, that your children your loved ones are more than the way they died," said Pointer.

"Remember how they lived think about the good things that they did."

Several community leaders and elected officials also attended charging the crowd to be aware of suspicious activity in the neighborhood and put words into action.

"There's a lot of grief going on right now especially in the African American community and it's important that they see leaders like me standing by their side," said State Sen. Nina Turner.

"Just as a mother and a wife and a sister this pains me...we've had a lot of pain go on through greater Cleveland and it must stop."

It's a growing sense of awareness and community support the loved ones of Shirellda Terry hope will continue. "You don't really realize how many people are missing until it personally affects you and how it really gets tossed to the side," explained Melissa Minor, Shirellda's sister.

"Shirellda was like the match that lit the flames to make the awareness of the people so that change could start," said family friend and pastor Kevin Hannah. "We want to keep the flame going so that not only is she remembered but other people are saved."

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