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Akron police chief: Nothing to indicate deadly beating at I Promise School is race related

Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 10:56 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2022 at 1:43 PM EDT
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylett released new details Wednesday afternoon on the beating death of Ethan Liming, 17.

According to Akron police, Liming died after being brutally assaulted in the parking lot of the I Promise School in the 400 block of W. Market Street around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2.

Chief Mylett now said Liming and three other teens drove into the parking lot of the school and started discharging a SplatRBall gun at people on the basketball court. It is not clear if Liming fired the SplatRBall gun.

Chief Mylett held up an example of the gun at the news conference and said it was the same type of gun, just a different color.

SplatRBall gun
SplatRBall gun((Source: WOIO))

Both groups then began fighting and Liming was knocked unconscious, said police.

Liming’s family members said the suspects continued to beat him until he was dead.

One of Liming’s friends called 911 and when officers arrived at the I Promise School, Liming was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Mylett also said Liming’s friends and the people on the basketball court were no longer at the school.

“There is nothing to indicate race played a role in this homicide,” said Chief Mylett.

“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. This type of violence in our community has ripple effects that touch each person, including myself, in profound ways, and I know the city of Akron is in mourning because of this tremendous loss. I want to express my sincere condolences to Ethan’s family, friends, teachers, classmates, coworkers, and everyone whose life was touched by his light. There is no justification for this murder, and I implore anyone with information to please come forward and help Ethan and his family get the justice they deserve,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan.

Chief Mylett is asking anyone with information to call police at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip.

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

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