Cleveland: Crews demolish Anthony Sowell's house

6:51 PM, Dec 6, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Demolition have torn down the house where convicted mass killer, Anthony Sowell, killed 11 women.


Demolition began at the house on Imperial Avenue at 7 a.m.

Community members gathered across from the house and chanted "tear it down" and "let the healing begin."

The city completed asbestos abatement on Monday, clearing the way for the house to be torn down.

Letters were hand-delivered to the families of Sowell's victims to notify them of the demolition.

A jury convicted Sowell this past summer in the deaths of all 11 women. A judge sentenced him to death.

The women's remains were found throughout the house and in the yard of the home.

Families we spoke to say they are glad to see the home go.

Several dozen friends and families of the Sowell's victims, as well as community members, gathered early Tuesday morning in the pouring rain to watch as the house was torn down.

Denise Hunter lost a sister and a cousin to Sowell. Hunter came wearing a shirt with the name of each one of his victims. "I wear this for the ladies who cannot speak again, we will never hear their voices," she said.

Sowell survivor Vanessa Gay said, "I mean, my story is like those other women's story but I made it out alive." She used her voice to testify against him.

Every time she saw the home it was a reminder. "The day I almost lost my life changed."

The city demolished the home Tuesday morning.  The Sowell family will be billed for the demolition. While some were relieved that the house was gone, others couldn't help but feel that some of the victims could've been saved.

"Tell us why you let Sowell go in 2008 and six other women were murdered afterwards," said Kathy Wray-Coleman.


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