Exactly five years ago Wednesday, police found the first two victims in Anthony Sowell’s home on Cleveland’s East Side.

Wednesday the city, the community and the families all broke ground on a brand-new garden and memorial to replace the home, which has since been torn down.

“We all share one common bond, and that is the tragedy and what we experienced,” said James Webb, brother of victim Janice Webb. “But this is the good of it that came out, and that goes to show you it wasn’t done in vain. It’s going to be a great memorial and healing place for all the families.”

The project is just in the beginning stages. It’s going to cost about $200,000.

They have raised about a fourth of the money. Five council members each donated $7,500, and the rest of the money is going to have to come from community donations.

We asked why it’s taken five years to start the process for this memorial. City leaders say there has been a great deal of planning just to get to this point.

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