Homicide investigation underway after 14-year-old girl, 24-year-old man fatally shot; another injured in Akron

Man in custody for Akron double homicide that claimed lives of 14-year-old girl, 24-year-old man, injured another
Updated: Jun. 5, 2020 at 2:23 PM EDT
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Akron Police said detectives have arrested Erick Sarzosa, 20, of Akron in connection with the murders.

Sarzosa was charged with two counts of murder, tampering with evidence, and obstructing official business. He was booked into the Summit County Jail. The investigation is still ongoing.

The Summit County Medical Examiner confirmed the Akron Police Department has opened a homicide investigation after a 14-year-old girl and a 24-year-old man were shot dead.

According to police, a 20-year-old man was also shot.

According to the report, Akron Police were called to the 90 block of Brighton Drive for a shooting around 10:50 p.m. on Thursday.

When officers arrived, they found Ty’Leia Junius, 14, with a gunshot wound to the chest and Derail Whisenant, 24, with a gunshot wound to the head.

14-year-old girl shot and killed in Akron.
14-year-old girl shot and killed in Akron.((Source: Family))

Officers gave them first aid until EMS arrived and pronounced them dead at the scene, according to police.

“It hits real hard, especially when it’s a teenager that hasn’t even seen 18 or 21-years-old yet," said Demetrius Sanders, who told 19 News that Junius is his niece.

“We don’t know what’s going on right now. We’re trying to get to the bottom of it," he said. “Once we get to the bottom of everything, then everyone else will know.”

Sanders started a gun violence prevention group called Put Down the Guns and Pick Up Your Life in 2016.

This time, the violence hits home. As he stood near the front steps of the house where the shooting occurred, he vowed to be a vocal leader for change.

“It’s so sad, because it keeps going on. It’s time for all of us parents to fight back for our communities,” he said.

Police said the 20-year-old man was brought to the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg that is not considered to be life-threatening.

The relation the two victims had to each other is unknown at this time.

According to the police report, detectives learned the victims were shot during a fight.

Police also confirmed that a man is in custody at this time.

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