Cleveland: Huge increase in the number of murdered women

Cleveland: Huge increase in the number of murdered women

A 19 Action News investigation has uncovered an alarming trend -- the number of females murdered has nearly doubled.

With so many reports of women being murdered in the state of Ohio, we looked into how current numbers compare to recent years and the results were startling.

Cleveland Police say in 2011, 13 percent of murder victims were women or juvenile girls. 

That's a little more than one in ten.

In 2012 and in 2013, the number increased to 22 percent, (or almost) one in four.

On Saturday, Feb. 1, Erica Stigall was found dead and bruised in an apartment on West 25 Street.  

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has not yet ruled her death a homicide, but for now detectives are treating it like one.

Stigall's family says they want justice.

Her brother Edward Stigall told 19 Action News, "My sister was a very nice young lady. She was a very sweet, kind person."

Edward Stigall also spoke about the trend of violence against women. "Us men need to be men and stop disrespecting our women," he added.

If you know anything about the Stigall case, call Crimestoppers at 216-252-7463, or send an email at

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