This is so sad.
The bodies of a 19-year-old Cleveland woman, her former boyfriend and her year-old daughter were found in a small garage behind a vacant tavern early today.
The gruesome discovery was made about 12 hours after police issued an Amber Alert at 2:30 p.m. Saturday seeking the public’s help to find 19-year-old Latasha Jackson and Chaniya Wynn.
They were fatally shot, then their abductor, 35-year-old Thomas Lorde, of East 65th Street, shot himself in the head in the garage on East 71st Street at Union Avenue, Sgt. Sammy Morris said.
According to the police report, Jackson, pushing her daughter in a stroller, was walking south on East 72nd Street with her 14-year-old brother about 11:45 a.m. Saturday. They had just left a convenience store on Union, when Lorde walked up and pulled out a handgun. He waved it at the boy, told him to “get to walking” and took control of the stroller.
The boy ran to his Salem Avenue home and told their mother what had happened and she called police. Officers searched the area but didn’t find anything until about 2:50 a.m. today, when they were checking vacant buildings and found the bodies in the small two-car garage behind the closed Rendezvous Club on Union Avenue at East 71st Street.
About eight hours later, someone sprayed a message on the garage door: “Rest in Peace Latasha & Chaniya. We love u. 2012.”
A neighborhood resident walked up to the garage Sunday and said, “Lord have mercy. What’s this world coming to?”
A candlelight vigil will be held there at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, community activist Khalid Samad said.
Chaniya’s father, a 28-year-old East Cleveland man, told police that Lorde had threatened to kill the child and kidnap Jackson. He and Jackson’s mother did not return a reporter’s calls.
Officers found a 9 mm bullet in Lorde’s car.
Police said Latasha had been trying to end her two-month relationship with Lorde, who was a registered sexual offender in New York. He was convicted in 1996 of raping a 14-year-old girl at knifepoint.
How and why does a violent predator like this man ever get released from jail??? He had no business being on the streets. R.I.P. Chaniya and Latasha
Source Photo Credit: Lisa DeJong