East Cleveland gets a healing
James W. Wade III | 7/30/2013, 5:46 p.m.
While a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury indicted Michael Madison for the murders of three women whose bodies were found in East Cleveland earlier this month, Rodney Hubbard called on the greater Cleveland music community to come and be a part of a musical intercession for East Cleveland.
Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced the Grand Jury charged Madison, 35, with two counts each of Aggravated Murder in the deaths of Shetisha Sheeley, Angela H. Deskins and Shirellda Terry.
The 14-count indictment also included three counts of Kidnapping, three counts of Gross Abuse of a Corpse, one count of Rape and one count of Having Weapons Under Disability. In a separate case, Madison was also charged with a single felony count of Failure to Provide Notice of Change of Address.
Madison is a convicted sex offender who plead guilty in 2002 to Attempted Rape. Madison was required by law to tell the Cuyahoga County Sheriff where he was living and if he moved. Though listed in the sex offender registry as residing with his mother in Cleveland, Madison had in fact been living in East Cleveland.
On July 22, East Cleveland Municipal Judge, William Dawson, ordered him held on a $6 million bond, pending the Grand Jury’s charging decision. Judge Dawson was instrumental in securing Shaw High School for the special Monday night healing service Hubbard orchestrated. “I love my city and I want everyone to know East Cleveland is still a great place to live,” said Judge Dawson.
Hundreds came out to be involved in the healing service. Hubbard thanked all who participated and gave a special blessing to the family members of the victims who were there. “I had the vision to do something for East Cleveland, I never knew God would make it this powerful,” said Hubbard.
The families were seen praising God all through the service, especially when the choir sung ‘Jesus be a fence,’ which caused many to both shout and cry with joy and happiness. “I am so grateful and proud of our Christian Community who showed up tonight! He's able! Great expectation for the City of East Cleveland and for our Christian Community is coming,” said Rodney Hubbard.
The Sheeley family shared they are just trying to be one, while some of the younger men needed to be prayed for a few times during the service. “I wanted this to be about the families, not about me,” said Hubbard.
“It’s just beautiful. It’s a beautiful representation of God’s love and the community, the part that we don’t get to see that often,” Shirellda Terry’s sister, Melissa Minor, said of the concert.
While the concert of praise was going on, the East Cleveland Mayor, Gary Norton, was down the street honoring his police department for catching Madison so quickly. “Our detectives quickly got information about the suspect, including some things that we could use to track his whereabouts,” Norton said.
Police found the first of the victims on July 19, after answering a complaint about odors coming from an East Cleveland garage. Two more bodies were discovered the following day. All three were wrapped in plastic bags. Madison was arrested July 19 at his mother’s home after a two-hour standoff with police.
Knowing Madison is in jail is relief to the victim families, and they are now just trying to deal the best they can. “Everybody is just taking it day by day and standing on God’s words, because that is all we can do,” Minor said.
Services for Shirellda Terry are Friday at Good Shepard Baptist Church, 17822 Euclid Ave., in Cleveland at 10 a.m.
Services for Shetisha Sheeley are Friday, August 9, at Strowder’s Funeral Home, 822 E. 105th St., in Cleveland, with a visitation at 6 p.m. and services at 7 p.m.
A funeral fund is set up for Shetisha Sheeley at any First Merit Bank under her name.
Angela Deskins was buried last weekend.