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Justice for Aliza: Family, friends to gather on anniversary of unsolved murder

Aliza Sherman (middle) with friends. (Source: Jan Lash) Aliza Sherman (middle) with friends. (Source: Jan Lash)
Aliza Sherman's daughter wears a pin on her jacket that says "Justice for Aliza." (Source: WOIO) Aliza Sherman's daughter wears a pin on her jacket that says "Justice for Aliza." (Source: WOIO)
A billboard at the intersection of Carnegie and East 14th promoting Justice for Aliza. (Source: WOIO) A billboard at the intersection of Carnegie and East 14th promoting Justice for Aliza. (Source: WOIO)

Two years after a mother was killed in the heart of downtown Cleveland on a Sunday afternoon, her murder remains unsolved.

"Thanks for cheering me up. She was going through a difficult time. She was exhausted," reads Jan Lash.
 
Those are the last words Aliza Sherman sent her best friend, Lash, minutes before she was viciously murdered.
 
"It's a huge loss. Aliza and I spoke several times a day," explains Lash.
 
Every day the person responsible for stabbing the Cleveland Clinic nurse nearly a dozen times is not caught, Lash says only strengthens the mission to "Bring Justice for Aliza."

Sherman was on her way into her attorney's office in March 2013. She was in the midst of a long, drawn out, messy divorce that was finally set to go to trial.
 
But two years later, there are still no suspects or arrests. There is only grainy surveillance video of someone running from the scene.
 
"There were things that we talked about that was concerning to me. And I just know that one day it will all come out," says Lash.
  
On Tuesday, the anniversary of Sherman's murder, family and friends will gather in the same spot her life was taken in downtown Cleveland near the Galleria. At 5:25 p.m. they will pause for a moment of silence. They say it will be a day of light, love and hope.
 
"She was just a beautiful light and she taught us so much about me, so much about generosity and kindness and helping others," Lash says.

Lash prays for closure and continues to fight for her beloved friend as she cherishes the last words they shared together.
 
Looking at a text she reads, "We ended and she said, 'I love you, too." 
 
Sherman's family and friends will march to the Justice Center on Tuesday as a symbol of seeing this case through to the end.

A $50,000 reward is still being offered for information on this murder. Contact Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463. Callers can remain anonymous.

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