Police investigating triple homicide on Cleveland's east side

Police investigating triple homicide on Cleveland's east side
The home's deck was combed for evidence, along with a nearby window. (Source: WOIO)
The home's deck was combed for evidence, along with a nearby window. (Source: WOIO)
Family members are mourning after three were found dead. (Source: WOIO)
Family members are mourning after three were found dead. (Source: WOIO)

Family and friends were overcome with emotion Friday afternoon after learning their loved ones had been shot to death inside a house on Ada Avenue on Cleveland's east side.

Emergency crews were called to the home around 2:15 p.m. for a welfare check.

They found two victims upstairs and one downstairs.

Shae, who did not want to give her last name, was close friends with one of the women found dead with her boyfriend inside his house. Shae was her caretaker.

"I got here, I turned the corner, I said oh my God, no, what happened?" said Shae. "Nancy was like a mother to me. Nancy was a best friend. Oh my God, why people so cruel?"

Detectives sifted through evidence in and outside the home.

They placed evidence markers on the deck and paid extra attention to a downstairs window.

After several hours, police took a computer and a surveillance camera out of the house.

Family members gathered outside to console each other.

Jahnisha Swanson lost her 26-year-old sister K'yara Artis and her uncle Melvin Johnson, 76.

"My sister was a wonderful person. I'm sorry, I'm very distraught. She was my baby sister, we're 10 years apart," Swanson said.

As their family waits for answers, they turn to each other and their faith.

"God will bring us through," Swanson said.

"I will pray for the family. Nobody should go through this, nobody," said neighbor Gwendolyn Banks.

Cleveland Police say a vehicle belonging to one of the victims has not been accounted for.

They are searching for a red 2007 Chevy Tahoe, license plate E-R-7-0-V-Y.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cleveland Police Department.

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