Victims’ relatives view Cleveland memorial ideas

CLEVELAND (AP) — A children’s play area is among three proposed designs for a memorial at the Cleveland site where remains of 11 women were found and the convicted serial killer’s home was later demolished.

A coalition of pastors, community leaders and others shared potential designs with some victims’ relatives at a meeting Thursday. One coalition member, the Rev. Jimmy Gates, tells The Plain Dealer the victims’ families will help decide which design is used for the Imperial Avenue site.

Some liked the playground idea, but it didn’t sit well with everyone.

A mix of public and private funding would be used for the memorial at the former property of Anthony Sowell (SOH’-wehl), who was sentenced to death. He appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court, seeking a new trial or sentencing hearing.

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