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Retired Cleveland firefighter killed by stray bullet vigil

CLEVELAND (WJW) – Wednesday marks a year since Retired Cleveland firefighter killed by stray bullets while walking with his wife.

While police are still searching for the shooter, family and friends have gathered to commemorate the man’s life at the exact same place where he was taken.

“It’s been 365 days. That time has passed since I last saw my husband,” said Venita McCormick, the victim’s wife.

Venita, along with the family and friends of Wilbert McCormick, 62, gathered for a vigil at the entrance to Forest Hills Park on Cleveland’s east side on Wednesday night. That’s where he was shot dead on July 21, 2020.

Venita was hosted by attendees, including Cleveland firefighters and members of the Cleveland City Council.

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“My husband is a hero. He is a firefighter. He is a veteran. But he is a family man. He was a father. A grandfather,” said Venice.

Wilbert, a retired Cleveland firefighter, was shot in the head during his daily walk with Venita near Thornhill Drive and Arlington Avenue in the city’s Glenville neighborhood.

“He saved lives and he lost his life right here in our neighborhood. He doesn’t deserve it,” said Venita.

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Police say McCormick is an innocent victim and they still need witnesses to come forward.

Meanwhile, Venita is still dealing with Her son’s tragic death happened almost 5 years ago.

“He’s my baby, he’s 24 years old, still unresolved. And my husband’s murder is still unsolved. I need to close the door. I needed someone who knew something to say something and move forward,” said Venita.

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Anyone with any information about the murder is asked to call Cleveland police. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible.

https://fox8.com/news/retired-cleveland-firefighter-remembered-as-hero-one-year-after-murder/ | Retired Cleveland firefighter killed by stray bullet vigil

Huynh Nguyen

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