Police Announce Update in Homicide of 9-Year-Old Saniyah Nicholson

Friday, June 22, 2018

CLEVELAND –Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams today announced updates in the shooting death of 9-year-old Saniyah Nicholson.  On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Saniyah was seated in her mother’s vehicle near 4008 Lee Rd. with her adult sister while her mother ran errands.  Gunfire erupted outside with two groups of young males firing at one another across the roadway.  Saniyah was shot in the head and later died as a result of her injuries. View video from today’s press conference here.

Members of the Fourth District and the Cleveland Division of Police Homicide Unit immediately began an investigation, canvassing nearby businesses for surveillance video and interviewing witnesses.  Photos of two of the suspects were released to media.  Investigators have some promising leads in this case and are urging the public to come forward with information.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact homicide investigators at 216-623-5464 or the Communications Control Section at 216-621-1234.  Those who wish to do so may report anonymously.  Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216-252-7463 or via text message: text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).

A cash reward of up to $20,000 may be available for information provided regarding the case.  This reward has been made possible by generous donations provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, the United States Marshals Service and Crimestoppers of Cuyahoga County. 

This is the second juvenile victim of homicide within the last three days.  On June 18, 2018, Bahati Juma was gunned down near the 11000 block of Detroit Avenue.  No arrests have been made.  There is a $2,500 reward for information on his case.

Editor’s Note: The City of Cleveland, Department of Public Safety will hold the annual Safe Summer Press Conference Friday, June 22, 2018 at Forest Hills Park at 1 p.m.  Safety forces will discuss important safety tips for the summer months. The Division of Police will also discuss the Safe Summer strategy to include increased patrols and special attention given to city parks, pools and neighborhood recreation centers.

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