Angela Deskins, the first victim to be identified after three bodies were found wrapped in plastic in East Cleveland over the weekend, was a "sweet, kind-hearted woman," her family said in a statement Tuesday.
"Angela Deskins was a beautiful, sweet, kind-hearted woman," it read. "She was raised in Novelty, Ohio, by her father Robert Deskins and her step-mother Linda Deskins. Everyone who knew her loved her. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, and aunt who truly cared about her family and friends. She is loved so much and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Our family would appreciate privacy during this time."
The 38-year-old had been missing since June 7, according to a missing person report obtained by The Plain Dealer.
Her body was found along with two others over the weekend, which were scattered about 200 yards apart in a garage, a backyard, and the basement of a vacant home.
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Michael Madison, 35, was arrested and charged in the grisly murders Monday
. Police say he may have modeled his crimes after serial killer Anthony Sowell, a Cleveland man currently on death row for murdering 11 women in 2009.
Friends of Deskins say she was homeless at the time of her disappearance.
"She used to come through, play dominos with us," Michael Pritchett, a friend of Deskins, told Newsnet5.com. "We would give her something to eat and when she had nowhere to go, my sister let her stay."
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Deskins reportedly had an open criminal case in Cleveland Municipal Court for possessing a small amount of marijuana in 2012.
"She didn't show up in court," Ed "Flash" Ferenc, a court spokesman, told The Plain Dealer. "She [had] a warrant out on her."
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