Jewish Nurse Aliza Sherman's Brutal Murder Has Cleveland Police Puzzled

Mother of 4 Was In Midst of Contentious Divorce

Scene of Crime: Police investigate the brutal stabbing death of Aliza Sherman, a Jewish nurse and mother of four.
Scene of Crime: Police investigate the brutal stabbing death of Aliza Sherman, a Jewish nurse and mother of four.

By JTA

Published May 06, 2013.
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The voice of the 911 caller is frantic, pleading for help. In the background, the victim is heard moaning, her words unclear.

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“There’s blood everywhere,” the caller says. “I’ve never seen so much blood.”

Paramedics arrive on the scene in downtown Cleveland moments later and rush the victim to the MetroHealth Medical Center some five miles away, but it’s too late. Aliza Sherman, a 53-year-old mother of four, is dead.

Sherman sustained 11 stab wounds to her neck, head, back and arm on the evening of March 24, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. Cleveland Police say they believe she was targeted for murder.

A month-and-a-half later, however, no arrest has been made, few clues have been found and the police aren’t saying much about their investigation.

All of which has prompted frustration among Sherman’s friends and family.

Sherman, a fertility nurse at the Cleveland Clinic in the midst of a contentious divorce, was killed the night before Passover, her death sending shock waves through the Jewish community. A standing-room-only crowd of some 600 mourners attended her funeral on March 28.

“Aliza was really the sweetest person I’ve ever met in my life,” said Dani Horwitz, a Cleveland native whose family was close to Sherman. “With my mom, she always had time to help or to do whatever was needed no matter what was going on in her life. It was such an extraordinary quality.”

Few details of the murder have been made public save for a 10-second surveillance video released on April 22, nearly a month after the attack, showing a person believed to be the killer fleeing the attack. Recorded by a camera mounted on the ceiling of a ground-level parking garage, the video shows a shadowy figure wearing dark clothing and a hood.

Police have asked for the public’s help in identifying the attacker.

“We’ve been following up on all the tips and leads that have come in,” said Sgt. Sammy Morris of the Cleveland Police Department.

Police have not publicly identified a suspect.


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