Ways to Celebrate the Life and Support the Family of Nikki Delamotte

Cleveland.com culture reporter Nikki Delamotte was found shot to death in a Wood County home Monday morning. Cleveland is grappling with, if not already mourning, the shocking and tragic news.

Nikki was a beloved member of the local journalism and literary scenes and dedicated her work to bringing broader attention to unique local people and businesses that made her, as she said, proud to live in Cleveland.

"More than anything, she was kind, in an age when we need kindness," Cleveland.com said in a statement on her passing.

Nikki was a contributing dining editor at Scene for two years before she was hired at Cleveland.com. The outpouring of love and support on social media testifies to her enormous, if quiet, influence on the region.


As Nikki's friends and family grieve, there are ways for the community to celebrate her life and support her family. An official GoFundMe campaign has launched and can be found here. It will pay for memorial costs and for the support of Nikki's mom, boyfriend and cats. An in-person fundraiser will be held at The Side Quest bar on Friday. In addition to raffles and donations, the bar will contribute 15 percent of the evening's sales to Nikki's memorial.

Thursday, at 6:15 p.m., a candlelight vigil will be held at Edgewater Park. People will gather at the Cleveland sign on the upper level and are asked to bring their own candles. Shining a light on Cleveland, together, is certainly an appropriate way to celebrate Nikki's life and work.  

About The Author

Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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