17-year-old found murdered behind Akron apartment building

17-year-old found murdered behind Akron apartment building

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed Monday evening, said Akron police.

The teenager, later identified as Dontez Burns, was discovered around 6:10 p.m. behind an apartment building in the 600 block of Clifford Avenue.

“He was always a good kid, just hanging around with the wrong people,” Damariaye Robinson, a person who knew Burns and was at the scene of the crime during his final moments, said.

Akron police said multiple residents called 911 after hearing arguing and then gunshots.

Robinson doesn’t know who killed the young man, but remembers the grim details.

“I tried to lift him up and I said ‘Tez, this is D-whizz,’” he said. “His jaw just dropped and it was over, he was gone.”

The first arriving officers found the body of Dontez Burns and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Residents called 911 after hearing arguments and then gunshots.
Residents called 911 after hearing arguments and then gunshots. (Source: WOIO)

The Summit County Medical Examiner said Burns had been shot multiple times and died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police said there are no arrests at this stage in the investigation.

“A small little detail could come up that could completely turn a case,” Captain Dave Laughlin said. “It could be a matter of minutes hours, obviously, you want it to happen as quickly as possible.”

Robinson’s heart goes out to Cortez’s family after the loss of a young life.

“Wish i could’ve hung with him more, I only hung out with him like five times out of all of it,” he said. “Hope they come talk to me and talk to other people so they can get their answers.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip.

You can also call The Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.

Text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637.

Callers can remain anonymous.

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