Cleveland's Sister City In Poland Mourns Mayor's Murder

Cleveland - City of Cleveland officials saying they are deeply saddened over the brazen and brutal stabbing death of Mayor Pawel Adamowicz of Gdansk, Poland, which is a sister city to Cleveland.

The 53-year-old mayor, regarded as a political progressive, had held the mayoral office for more than 20 years.

“Mayor Adamowicz’s death this morning is a severe shock to our Polish-American community here in Cleveland,” said Council President Kevin Kelley. “I offer my condolences to those whose lives he touched.”

Gdańsk, the principal seaport of Poland, is located at the mouth of the Vistula River on the Baltic Sea. The city of 500,000 people has been a sister city of Cleveland since 1990.

The Gdansk lighthouse was modeled after a lighthouse in Cleveland. It has been said that a Polish delegation visiting Chicago’s World Expedition in 1893 took a side trip to Cleveland where they were struck by the lighthouse’s beauty.

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