Parma, OH

Mom of Daughter and Son-In-law Killed on Labor Day Denied Access to Parma Apartment, Midtown Towers

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Mercedes Iverson CarterPhoto byFamily of Mercedes Iverson

Cuyahoga County, OH. - On Monday, September 4, 2023 - Labor Day, Mercedes Iverson Carter, her husband, and their unborn child, Ava, were allegedly shot and killed by Mercedes's brother, Jason Iverson, at a local park in Maple Heights. According to police reports, Jason confronted his sister and brother-in-law over a family dispute before shooting them.

As both surviving families attempt to move forward by handling the personal business of Mercedes and her late husband, they have come to a crossroads with the management company of the Midtown Apartments located in Parma, OH. "For a few weeks, we have been trying to access the apartment my daughter and son-in-law rented. It's been over a month, and we are not getting any direction or directives from the property manager, Tricia. We have called her, and she is not helping the situation. We fear that they will ramble through our loved ones' belongings - maybe take items from the apartment - we don't know, and we don't want this company to throw out their belongings. Both families are trying to move forward, and Midtown Apartments will not tell us anything but refuse us access," stated Cynthia Ivey, Mercedes's mom.

On or about 10/3/2023, we attempted to contact Tricia, the Property Manager, three times to aid the family. We left three voicemail messages. We followed up with a call to the Cleveland Corporate office in Downtown Cleveland, Public Square. We left two messages for Michelle Daily. We inquired about the apartments' policy regarding how personal property is handled following the death of tenants. Daily did not respond to our phone calls. We found that the Midtower Apartments is owned by a State Corporation based in New York, New York.

On Friday, October 6, 2023, we received an email from Mr. Andrew Brent. Brent wrote: "Hi Kimberly, I was forwarded your message to Michelle Daily regarding a situation at Midtown Towers. While we cannot provide details of an individual circumstance for privacy reasons, I can relay that in this case, no belongings have been discarded, and there are no such plans to do so. Please be assured that the policies we follow are in accordance with all local laws," Brent wrote. Andrew​ Brent is the Senior Vice President, Head of Communications|U.S. Office Division, Brookfield Properties.

In response, we emailed Mr Brents: Thanks for your response. Please send us a copy of your policy. We will forward the policy to the family members. When will family members be able to access their loved one's belongings? Respectfully.

"They know what happened. I don't understand why the property manager did not and will not give us a copy of the policy regarding disposing of personal items in case of death. If anything, they could respond rather than ignore our request. Tell us something. If we have to get a lawyer, we will," scoffed Ivey.

Mr. Andrew Brent has yet to respond. We will continue to seek answers for this family - to help them get answers about when the personal items will be released. We will follow up with local authorities regarding the law.

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