CLEVELAND: Family members have complained that a vigil to remember loved ones killed by Anthony Sowell turned into a political rally.

WJW-TV reports that Tuesday’s event marking four years since Sowell’s first victim was discovered included current and aspiring politicians. Family members began chanting as politicians’ speeches went on.

Candles later were lit for the 11 women murdered by Sowell between June 2007 and July 2009. He later was found guilty and sentenced to death.

Lavitha Kennedy, whose friend is the daughter of victim Tonia Carmichael, said the vigil was “too political” rather than a time to remember those whose lives were cut short.

Franklin Williams, son of victim Michelle Mason, said the focus should have been on “the people who were hurt.”