Ohio Mother of 3 is Shot Dead While Holding her Hands Up by Stranger Who had Run a Red Light and Crashed Into her Car


A flier taped to the glass door of the South East Harley-Davidson dealership is asking for funds to be donated to the family of Deborah Pearl – a mother of three who was killed over the weekend in Solon.

“We will miss her dearly,” said Diana Allie who was Pearl’s manager at The Original Harley Diner inside of the dealership in Bedford Heights. “We will support them any way we can. She (Pearl) deserves that.”

Pearl, 53, of Twinsburg was shot and killed Saturday morning after a crash near the intersection of Solon and Richmond roads, police said.

Police have charged Matthew Ryan Desha, 29, of North Ridgeville with murder in connection with the Pearl’s death.

Officers responded to the intersection after a report of shots fired about 7:20 a.m. Saturday. 

When police arrived, they found Desha with a 5.56 mm rifle and Pearl, who had been shot several times and left in the roadway.

Desha was arrested at the scene.

Pearl was taken to a local hospital. She was pronounced dead not long after the crash at 8:18 a.m.

Police said Desha ran a red light, causing the two vehicles to collide in the intersection, and rolling Desha’s vehicle over several times. Desha got out of his overturned vehicle with a rifle and walked over to Pearl’s vehicle and shot her, police said.

Raynelle Finch, a resident of the Solon Club Apartments, said she heard the collision between Desha and Pearl about 7 a.m. from her fifth-floor unit. The apartment complex is near the intersection. 

“I heard screeching then a pop,” she said. “And then I heard five or six shots and a woman scream.”

Fitch, 41, said she told her daughter to get down and give her cell phone to her so she could call the police. Finch said she heard about 12 gunshots. 

“I kept asking myself, ‘What is going on?'”

According to the U.S. Marine Corps, Desha served from 2004 to 2008. He was deployed to Iraq twice during that time. Neighbors told newsnet5.com he struggled after his time in the military.

“He was also the kind of person that if someone was trying to mess with him, like a guy picking a fight with him, you’re going to get pummeled,” said Desha’s neighbor Kathleen Salvatore.

At the time of the accident, Allie and Assistant Manager Renee Basler knew something was wrong when Pearl did not report to work at the diner at her usual time. Deborah, who was known as “Debbie,” was never late.

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SOURCE: Justin Madden , Kristin Volk 
NewsNet5 Cleveland