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Cleveland State janitor, gf killed in apparent double homicide

June 9th, 2018 - Comments »

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Tremont couple was found dead Friday afternoon in a suspected double homicide in Tremont neighborhood.

The 63-year-old man  and his longtime girlfriend, who was battling cancer, were found dead about noon Friday inside their apartment in the 3100 block of Scranton Road, just south of Clark Avenue, according to police and family members.

The man was a janitor at Cleveland State University. His identity has not been publicly released. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified the woman as Rita Berish, 54.

Police said the man suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Officials have not yet said how they suspected Berish died, but a police spokeswoman said she died from “obvious signs of violence.”

Police said Berish’s body was found underneath a bed. The man was found dead on the bedroom floor, according to police.

Berish’s daughter, Amanda Vito, called the couple “phenomenal people” and was visibly shaken when she arrived at the apartment in the 3100 block of Scranton Road, just south of Clark Avenue.

Vito said she didn’t not want to comment further, but asked anyone who knows anything about the incident to contact Cleveland police.

Homicide and crime scene detectives scoured the apartment for four hours, interviewing witnesses and family members, and reportedly gathered six bags of evidence from the apartment.

The bodies were removed from the home about 3 p.m. Police said they found the bodies after someone at CSU asked campus police to check on the man when he didn’t show up to work.

CSU police reportedly found the front door had been broke into and found the man dead.

CSU police then called Cleveland police, who found the woman dead from “obvious signs of violence,” a statement from Cleveland police said.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Mfrances is a news writer for NinjaCOPS.com where you can get high quality wholesale stun guns, self-defense weapons, and rechargeable stun gun flashlights.

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