CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It has been nine months since 9-year-old Saniyah Nicholson was killed when she was caught in gunfire on Cleveland’s East side in June 2018.
A local organization has been pushing to put up a street sign to remember her where she died.
Kimberly Brown said no one should forget, Saniyah Nicholson.
“Saniyah is our baby, she came from our community, we represent her mother," said Brown.
Saniyah died in her mother’s arms.
Seven people have been charged with her death.
Since then, Brown and The Black Women Commission of Cuyahoga County have been trying to get a secondary street sign put up at Lee and Cloverside.
“We definitely want that secondary sign up or if not do something creative and make this Saniyah’s Way," said Brown.
But Brown tells me, their group has hit some roadblocks with Ward 1 City Councilman, Joe Jones.
“Mr. Jones, he actually sent Saniyah’s mom a letter stating that the residents of Cloverside actually voted the signage down. Well, that’s an issue because it’s truly not true. But in the letter, he also told her he was working with City officials to build a memorial for Saniyah. Now keep in mind, that was about 8 months ago and it doesn’t take that long to carry a pail of water to City Council so everybody can drink," said Brown.
Cleveland 19 reached out to the Councilman but did not hear back at the time of the broadcast.
In the meantime, Brown and others leading the effort say they plan to petition Mayor Frank Jackson to introduce the "Saniya Secondary Street Signage Ordinance," and they need the public's help.
“We want them to flood City Hall at 664-2561, call the mayor, call City Hall and say, ‘you know what, that could have been my daughter,'" said Brown.
The seven men charged with Saniyah’s death are scheduled to go on trial in May and June of this year.