On Thursday night, a 17-year-old boy was brutally attacked and murdered in the parking lot of LeBron James’ I Promise School in Akron, Ohio.
According to WOIO-TV in Cleveland, at 10:45 p.m., Akron police were notified of a fight at the school. They found Ethan Liming unconscious on the ground when they arrived.
The police report that at least three other males were playing basketball in the parking lot when Liming and some of his friends arrived. The two groups began fighting, according to the police. They did not specify what sparked the argument.
WOIO reported that as the fight escalated, Liming’s friends dialed 911. When police arrived, they discovered the teenager “knocked unconscious and brutally assaulted.”
Despite the efforts of the officers, Liming was declared dead at the scene.
Death of teen who was beaten near I Promise School ruled homicide https://t.co/LCvsviS3oL
— fox8news (@fox8news) June 6, 2022
On Twitter, the LeBron James Family Foundation addressed the incident.
The foundation stated, “Our community is everything to us,” in a statement.
“We were devastated to learn of the overnight incident that saw a life lost near our school. We are grieving with our community over another senseless act of violence.
“Our @IPROMISESchool campus is safe and secure as we continue to do everything we can to support our students, families, and the entire Akron community.
(2/2) Our @IPROMISESchool campus is safe and secure as we continue to do everything we can to support our students, families, and the entire Akron community. ?
— LeBron James Family Foundation (@LJFamFoundation) June 3, 2022
Lebron James also responded to the incident via Twitter.
“Our condolences goes out to the family who lost a loved one!!” he said. “My the heavens above watch over you during this tragedy! Pray for our community!”
Our condolences goes out to the family who lost a loved one!! My the heavens above watch over you during this tragedy! Pray for our community! ?? https://t.co/bpq5qsoNfO
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 3, 2022
More on this story via The Western Journal:
The I Promise School has students from third to seventh grade, WOIO reported. It is a part of the Akron Public School District, where Liming was a student.
In a statement obtained by the outlet, Akron Public Schools Superintendent Christine Fowler Mack said Liming attended Firestone Community Learning Center, where he was a rising senior and a leader in the Academy of Design. Read more here…