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Missing girl's father speaks out after her murder is confirmed

Van Terry, Shirellda Terry's dad Van Terry, Shirellda Terry's dad
Shirellda Terry (Source: family) Shirellda Terry (Source: family)

We all know 18-year-old Shirellda Terry as the first woman found in East Cleveland and a possible victim of accused killer Michael Madison... But what you might not know is she was on her way to bible study when she vanished and her nickname was Heaven.

Heaven was heading into her senior year in high school.  Her dad says he never saw Michael Madison around his daughter. 

"The only way my daughter got in a car with this man was at gunpoint," says Van Terry.

People who know Michael Madison tell 19 Action News that he frequented a barber shop that used to be on Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland, was always with a woman and he was a little bit creepy.

Madison was arrested at his mother's house.  He kept S.W.A.T. at bay until the front door was broken down and he saw his mom.  Sources tell 19 Action News he stood up from the couch, put his shirt on and gave himself up without saying one word.

His last victim, Heaven, was very much a part of her church and enjoyed praise dancing.  Her face was plastered across East Cleveland in missing persons flyers.

Van Terry says "I know where she is at.  I don't want to know where she is at but I know where she is at.  We are going to take the next step and its going to be a hard one."

Heaven's dad wanted to thank the community for helping to search for her.  He is having a vigil on Friday to remember her on East 146th and St. Clair Avenue in East Cleveland between 2 and 8 p.m.    

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