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From Cleveland to Ghana, Pointer murder a life lesson

Groundbreaking on new school in Africa. (Source: Yvonne Pointer) Groundbreaking on new school in Africa. (Source: Yvonne Pointer)
Gloria Pointer  (Source: Yvonne Pointer) Gloria Pointer (Source: Yvonne Pointer)
Completed school in Africa. (Source: Yvonne Pointer) Completed school in Africa. (Source: Yvonne Pointer)
School built in Africa named after Gloria Pointer. (Source: Yvonne Pointer) School built in Africa named after Gloria Pointer. (Source: Yvonne Pointer)

Yvonne Pointer has been an beacon of change in Northeast Ohio ever since her daughter Gloria's murder in 1984. And now a scrap of an article on her daughter is changing lives in Ghana West Africa.
 
“In 2003 I got a letter from a young boy in Ghana West Africa, Anthony Tay, who had found a piece of paper in one of the villages about
the rape and murder of Gloria Pointer,” explains Yvonne Pointer.
 
Anthony Tay was 17 at the time, and it started with raising money for food. But turned into a mission to bring awareness of rape and murder
to the young people in Ghana.
 
“I have no one to help me,” Tay says in a Youtube Video.

 That mission slowly became a drive. With Yvonne in Cleveland and Tay in Africa. And the young man had a new goal.
 
“I was praying about this for some time, for three weeks and I decided I would like to form the Gloria Pointer Teen Movement,” explains
Tay in broken English.
 
Not just a movement, but a school. With land donated and $35,000 raised by Yvonne, in 2013 she went over to help break ground on a school
named in the honor of her daughter.
 
“Their message was that every child has the right to be safe, and they were doing it in the name of Gloria,” says a proud mother.

Friday, Yvonne and 23 others will travel back to Ghana to cut the ribbon on the completed project.
 
“You know I'm almost fighting back tears right now because you never get over the pain of losing your child but then when you see something
beautiful you see that the good does outweigh the bad,” says Pointer.
 
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