Family of murder victim still seeking answers 3 years later

Family of murder victim still seeking answers 3 years later
Ashley Leszyeski. (Source: Family)
Ashley Leszyeski. (Source: Family)
Ashley Leszyeski. (Source: Family)
Ashley Leszyeski. (Source: Family)
Ashley Leszyeski. (Source: Family)
Ashley Leszyeski. (Source: Family)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The family of murder victim Ashley Leszyeski will hold a candlelight vigil to mark the third anniversary of her murder, in the hopes that someone will come forward with new information that leads to an arrest.

Leszyeski was last seen May 3, 2013. Her mom told Cleveland 19 that her daughter said she was going to the store, and never came back.

"It still hurts a lot and it's very devastating that it's been three years and my sister has passed from a tragic murder at a young age of being only 21
with two young children," said Heather Leszyeski, Ashley's older sister.

After weeks of searching, her family said, her body was found in a vacant lot on E. 93rd and Anderson.

"Two days, three days before we figured it out, I had a feeling that Ashley was lying dead somewhere," said Joyce Leszyeski, Ashley's mom.

Cleveland 19 was told Ashley had defensive injuries when she was found, was missing an arm, and appeared to die from multiple sharp force injuries.

"It's just not fair. Justice needs to be served for her," said Heather.  "And I was (sic) actually pregnant at the same time. When I was pregnant with my son and it was like I really thought it was going to be wonderful, we were going to grow up -- our children were going to grow up together. I just miss what could have been."

Ashley's family told Cleveland 19 her two children now live with their uncle.

"Justice needs to be served for Ashley for her children to know exactly what happened to their mother," said Heather.

Police told Cleveland 19 at the time that Leszyeski lived with her boyfriend Gemarr Peacock. Cleveland 19 previously uncovered Ashley and Gemarr had a history of violence, and he spent time in jail for assaulting her.

Peacock, nor anyone else, has been charged with anything in connection with the disappearance or death of Ashley.

By commemorating the anniversary of her disappearance and murder, her family members said they hope people with information come forward to police, in the hopes an arrest can be made.

"There was homes where her body was found, somebody could have hopefully seen something, even if it was the smallest thing," said Heather.

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