Funeral Set For Alianna DeFreeze

(Cleveland) - Funeral arrangements have been set for 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze, whose body was found in an abandoned house on the east side.

According to a Facebook page set up by the family, her funeral and wake will be Saturday at the New Spirit Revival Center on Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights.

Alianna's death was ruled a homicide from "multiple injuries."  Suspect Christopher Whitaker is being held on a charge of aggravated murder, and his bond was set Saturday at $3 million.

Meanwhile, a group of Cleveland pastors is hoping to spare more children the same fate as Alianna. The group is launching the "Safe Streets" program by walking with students to E Prep and Village Prep, where Alianna attended classes.  The program will eventually expand to schools in the city's most-blighted neighborhoods.

Photo courtesy Alianna DeFreeze's family

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Tom Moore has been a news anchor and reporter for Newsradio WTAM 1100 since 1995. He has won a number of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Press Club of Cleveland, and The Associated Press.

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