On July 14, 2016, then 39-year-old Rebecca Pletnewski changed her profile picture on Facebook to a statement.
It read simply: "Stop Killing Black People."
On November 20, 2018, she and her eight-year-old daughter were murdered by her black neighbor (who was stalking her).
Police: Suspect stalked Mayfield Heights woman before killing her and daughter, Fox8.com, November 26, 2018
The neighbor of a Mayfield Heights nurse stalked her for months before killing her and her daughter, police say.
Rest in peace, both of you
Dominique C. Swopes, 27, faces two counts of aggravated murder and aggravated arson.
Police said Rebecca Pletnewski, 41, was stabbed to death before her home on Longwood Road was set on fire on Tuesday. Firefighters pulled her daughter, 8-year-old Olivia Schneider, from an upstairs bedroom. She was pronounced dead from smoke inhalation at the hospital.
Shortly after the blaze, Swopes was detained for questioning and later released."He became a subject of interest that day because what family and friends had told us, that Rebecca had warned them or told them of instances of potentially stalking by the neighbor," said Police Chief Fred Bittner. "He became our primary suspect at the time after talking to family."
The murder suspect, who stalked Rebecca
Pletnewski's family told investigators she had been worried about Swope's unwanted advances for months.
"He just apparently had left her notes occasionally or talked to her outside. There were other advancements made through maybe social media, and she told him she didn't want anything to do with him, she had a boyfriend," Bittner said.
Pletnewski, an intensive care nurse at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, and Schneider, a third-grade student at Lander Elementary, were laid to rest on Monday. A candlelight vigil is planned for Thursday night.
Pletnewski leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter, who was not home at the time of the fire.
A curious Facebook post from Rebecca she posted on July 14, 2016...
Olivia Schneider should be preparing to write a letter to Santa Claus, listing what she hoped to receive for Christmas. She should be preparing to go down the steps on Christmas morning holding her little sisters hand as they saw the presents Santa had left for them.
Instead, she was laid to rest in late November 2018, the victim of a homicide few will remember and fewer will ever hear/read about. Was her mother afraid of appearing racist by going to the police and reporting Dominique Swopes for stalking her? Oh, it also turns out she vehemently anti-Trump, leading protests and marches against Donald Trump in when the RNC had their convention in Cleveland back in 2016. [4 Groups Protesting the 2016 RNC and Donald Trump: "Trump’s values do not represent America’s values.", Teen Vogue, July 18, 2016]:
The vast majority of protestors, however, are aiming for peaceful demonstrations. Teen Voguecaught up with four organizations who will have a robust presence outside Quicken Loans Arena in order to learn more about their causes, goals, and plans for the RNC:
"When our group originally came together, it was mostly young professionals in the Cleveland area," says Rebecca Pletnewski, a spokesperson for the organization. "We were just so deeply concerned by the hateful rhetoric that Trump has been expressing during his campaign, and after the Indiana primary, when it became clear he was the presumptive Republican candidate, we felt compelled to come together to do something not only as Clevelanders, but as Americans and humans to say: 'there’s no way that this man can be president of this great country.' We’re a nonpartisan group; we’re an independent expenditure PAC, which means we don’t support any candidate, nor does any candidate endorse us.
Most of us have never done anything like this in our lives before; none of us are professional activists or anything like that. We just started learning as we went along. Basically, the message our group wants to put out there is that Trump’s values do not represent America’s values. Someone who expresses hatred, encourages violence, is misogynistic and racist, and encourages xenophobia and Islamophobia — cannot represent American values. America has always been a place of tolerance, inclusion, religious freedom, equality.
Trump has expressed none of those. We are not against Republicans — there are many Republicans in our organization — but we are against Trump, and we believe that the country deserves a better leader. Our major event is going to be on July 21, which is the day Trump will supposedly accept the nomination. During the week, we’re hosting nonviolent protester training every morning through Thursday starting at 9 a.m. We felt like the most effective way to protest the face of hate was to arrive with a peaceful, positive message of love, and that’s basically what we intend to do."
|A screenshot of Tweet from Rebecca in July of 2016, when she organized a march against Donald Trump at the RNC Convention in Cleveland|
In the end, it doesn't matter. Both Rebecca and her beautiful daughter Olivia are dead.
And few dare say, "Stop Killing White People."