About a dozen family members and friends gathered to remember Aliza Sherman on Mother's Day at the bench dedicated in their loved one's memory at Cleveland Metroparks' South Chagrin Reservation.

The May 14 occasion began with a sentimental speech from Sherman's daughter, Jennifer, and was capped by a short walk along one of the park's paths during which the participants reminisced and shared stories.

"It's special that all of these people come out on their Mother's Day to come here and remember my mom, and this year it was extra special to have our whole little family here," said Jennifer Sherman, referring to her husband, Kevin Rivchun, and infant daughter Ava, who wore sunflower-print pants in recognition of one of her grandmother's favorite flowers.

"Motherhood is the greatest blessing," she said. "You can't truly comprehend it, I don't think, until you live it, and it's really special. It's been challenging without my mom, but at the same time it's such a blessing that I'm so grateful for."

The park bench was dedicated to Aliza Sherman on Mother's Day in 2015 in the portion of the park bordered by Chagrin River Road and Sulphur Springs Drive.

The Beachwood mother of four was stabbed to death on March 24, 2013 in downtown Cleveland. No one has been charged with her murder but police continue to investigate.

For the CJN's complete coverage of the Aliza Sherman murder, visit cjn.org/alizasherman.

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