Kasich: Latest Cleveland Slayings 'Heartbreaking'


UPDATED: Tuesday July 23, 2013 6:20 PM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich calls the discovery of three bodies in a run-down Cleveland neighborhood "heartbreaking" and blames the situation partially on poverty that causes the breakdown of neighborhoods.
    
Kasich was in Cleveland Monday to talk about transportation projects but was asked by reporters about last week's discovery of the bodies - the third major case in four years of multiple killings or abductions in poor Cleveland neighborhoods.
    
Kasich said "it's what happens when you have individuals who are very dangerous inside the community and somehow lose track of them. It's about breakdown of neighborhoods..."
    
A registered sex offender, identified as Michael Madison, 35, was charged Monday with murder and kidnapping in the slayings of three women whose bodies were found in plastic trash bags in an East Cleveland neighborhood.

On Tuesday, the identity of the second slaying victim was announced as Shetisha Sheeley, 19. The first victim had been identified as Angela Deskins.

Later in the day, authorities identified the third victim as Shirellda Terry, according to 19 Action News. Terry was last seen on July 10.

Her body was found inside a garage at Hayden and Shaw avenues on Friday.

Detectives said her murder is linked to other bodies discovered over the weekend at a nearby home.

Madison is jailed on $8 million bond and has not entered a plea.

 

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