Three males have been arrested by the US Marshals Service in connection with the killing of 17-year-old Ethan Liming on June 2 in an Akron school parking lot.
The US Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and Akron Police arrested 20-year-old Deshawn Stafford Jr., 19-year-old Tyler Stafford, and 21-year-old Donovon Jones in two separate residential buildings on Saturday morning.
“I am happy to report that today, officers with the Akron Police Department, made several arrests in connection with the death of Ethan Liming,” said Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylett. “We thank the members of the community for their outpouring of support that helped investigators throughout this investigation.”
Liming was viciously beaten to death outside the basketball courts of the I Promise School in Akron at around 10:46 p.m. The teen died from blunt force damage to the head, according to authorities, after allegedly getting into a fight with a water cannon. Liming was found laying on the ground in the parking lot when police arrived, according to authorities. He was pronounced dead at the spot when they were unable to revive him.
Police said”that in the moments leading up to the incident, one or more occupants in the [Liming]’s vehicle were riding around the surrounding area shooting a SPLATRBALL Water Bead Blaster at objects and possibly unsuspecting people.”
They then drove toward the basketball courts where the group of teens “targeted or approached the subjects who were on the court and fired the gel soft gun at them,” which seemingly provoked the altercation.
Mylett said at a news conference on June 8 that at least two people in Liming’s automobile stepped out and started shooting at four people who were playing basketball on the courts. According to Mylett, the group fled before reuniting at Liming’s car, where Liming was slain.
As of June 9, police were offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information about Liming’s murders.
“Ethan Liming was a young man with a full life ahead of him, and that bright future was senselessly taken from him in the most brutal of ways,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan in a statement.