Three arrested in beating death outside Akron’s I Promise School


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AKRON, Ohio (Jordan Miller News) – Three young men were arrested on Saturday morning in the beating death of 17-year-old Ethan Liming at Akron’s I Promise School.

Deshawn Stafford Jr., 20, and Tyler Stafford, 19, were arrested at the 500 block of Akron’s North Howard Street, while Donovan Jones, 21, was arrested at the 200 block of Crosby Street.

Liming was found beaten to death the night of June 2 on the I Promise School grounds at West Market Street.

“Ethan’s senseless and tragic death has touched every person in our community,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “These arrests would not have been possible without the dedication of our Akron Police Department and their collaboration with the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. They have worked around the clock on this case and I thank them for their tireless efforts. My thoughts and prayers remain with the entire Liming family at this time.”

Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylett added, “I am happy to report that today, officers with the Akron Police Department, made several arrests in connection with the death of Ethan Liming. We thank the members of the community for their outpouring of support that helped investigators throughout this investigation. We will continue to follow any leads that will result in bringing those responsible for Ethan’s death to justice. While I believe the news of the arrests will be welcomed by Ethan’s family and loved ones, we all recognize that nothing will bring Ethan back. Violence in this country must stop. We are losing too many lives to senseless acts of violence.”