Sunday evening vigil held for Academy Tavern cook fatally stabbed by coworkers

Sunday evening vigil held for Academy Tavern cook fatally stabbed by coworkers
Michael Reese was stabbed to death by coworkers at the Academy Tavern

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - An argument that started in the kitchen of the Academy Tavern Saturday night led to the murder of a 23-year-old man, that according to Cleveland police.

Family members say the victim, Michael Reese, worked as a cook at the Tavern.

“He didn’t bother nobody. He didn’t bother nobody. He came to work, and his loyalty was to this restaurant,” said Pamela Woodall, Reese’s mom.

Police said a fight started in the kitchen and spilled out outside the restaurant. That’s where Reese was stabbed.

Michael Reese, 24, had worked at the Academy Tavern for over four years
Michael Reese, 24, had worked at the Academy Tavern for over four years

“A fight is a fight, but you can talk a fight out. You don’t have to jump to grabbing weapons,” said the victim’s sister Tasha Reese.

Police said two men that worked with Reese were arrested: 24-year-old Omar Calloway and 27-year-old Jeremy Calloway.

One of the suspects also had a stab wound to the leg, but he was treated at University Hospitals and has since been released.

Reese’s mom said her son was an aspiring musician who had worked at the restaurant for four years, having worked his way up from dishwasher to cook.

“All I can say is my son is gone. No remorse. You can’t take it back. Whatever that argument was in that kitchen—it could have been settled,” added Woodall.

Police said they are still investigating.

The family held a vigil at the Academy Tavern a 7 p.m.

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