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Cleveland mayor’s grandson is fatally shot in city

Frank Q. Jackson, right, sits in a Cuyahoga County courtroom next to his attorney, Jeffrey Saffold, during a pretrial hearing on Sept. 19, 2019, in a felonious assault case.

Adam Ferrise


CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s grandson was shot and killed late Sunday in the city’s Kinsman neighborhood, according to five law-enforcement sources.

Frank Q. Jackson, 24, died in the shooting, the sources said. The shooting happened about 9:30 p.m. on Anita Kennedy Drive and Sidaway Avenue, near Kinsman Road, in the Garden Valley housing complex.

The sources said no arrests have been made and investigators are tracking down leads. Police officers, including several homicide detectives, swarmed the area. At least one agent from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was also at the scene.

Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and Safety Director Karrie Howard were all at the scene. Williams and Howard declined to comment.

“It’s not my place to say anything,” Williams said.

Investigators taped off an area near one of the buildings. More than a dozen family and friends stood outside the crime scene. Some wept. Frank Q. Jackson’s father showed up at the scene and broke down in tears.

Ward 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin, who once worked in Jackson’s administration, left the area with tears in his eyes. Griffin said he didn’t want to get ahead of the family’s wishes by saying anything.

Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia later confirmed Frank Q. Jackson’s slaying, but provided no additional information.

Frank Q. Jackson for years made headlines after a series of arrests and convictions, including for riding an illegal dirt bike in 2016. Frank Q. Jackson was among a number of dirt bike and ATV riders who rode city streets.

In June 2019, an 18-year-old woman reported that he punched and kicked her before he struck her with a metal truck hitch. Initially Howard, the city’s prosecutor at the time, did not bring charges against him.

But in September 2019, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, who handles felony charges, announced that he would indict Frank Q. Jackson on charges of felonious assault, abduction, and failure to comply with police orders. He eventually pleaded guilty to assault after prosecutors agreed to drop the abduction and failure to comply charges. In Jan. 2020, a judge sentenced him to 90 days in jail and 18 months probation. He served eight days as a judge suspended 82 days of the jail sentence.

In addition to the domestic violence charges, the police connected Frank Q. Jackson to the Aug. 28, 2019 killing of Antonio Parra, 30. Frank Q. Jackson’s truck, still registered in his name, was seen leaving the scene immediately after the shooting.

He later told police that he had sold the car before the killing took place. Police later discovered the car torched in an East Side neighborhood. He was never charged in the case. Antonio Parra, 30, of Warrensville Heights died in the daytime shooting. The murder led police investigation to the doorsteps of Mayor Frank Jackson home.

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