CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The abandoned house where a 14-year-old Cleveland girl was tortured and murdered will be demolished next Friday. The family of Alianna DeFreeze had made repeated pleas for the demolition following her kidnapping, rape, and murder in January 2017.
"Thank you. I'm glad it's being torn down. But I had to restrain a few individuals who were going to burn this building down. That's how fed up we are," said her father, Damon DeFreeze.
DeFreeze said he is not comforted by the Land Bank’s explanations about why it took nearly two years for the building to come down, including claims about asbestos complications.
"That sounds like a bunch of garbage, so why are you outside painting the house?" he asked. "If you're going to knock the house down, why is it outside being painted? Put two and two together."
Christoper Whitaker was convicted to kidnapping Alianna DeFreeze as she walked to catch the bus to school. Whitaker took her to an abandoned home on Fuller Avenue in Cleveland, where he tortured and brutally murdered her.
DeFreeze says it's not enough for the city to tear down this one house. He wants to see other abandoned homes torn down, too, to keep this from happening to another young victim.
"They concern me very much, because if you can knock this house down, because of a little pressure put on you, why don't you get these houses down?" said DeFreeze. "You have 5 million dollars. Make the houses go away."
The house is set for demolition on Friday, January 14.