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15-year-old boy identified as victim shot to death in broad daylight on Seward Avenue in Akron

Posted at 9:07 AM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 09:07:45-04

AKRON, Ohio — A 15-year-old boy has been identified as the victim in a deadly shooting on Seward Avenue in Akron Wednesday.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as Ronald Willis Jr., 15, of Akron, whose cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. His death has been ruled a homicide.

His body was found outside a duplex on Wednesday at around 4:45 p.m. in the 1400 block of Seward Avenue. He was transported to the hospital where he died at around 5:20 p.m, authorities said.

Neighbors were left rattled by the murder in broad daylight. At the time of the shooting, police were working to identify the victim.

There have been 41 murders in Akron in 2020 which is the highest number in at least 10 years, according to police records.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

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At least five children, one just 20 months old, have been shot and killed in Akron in the last five months. A 22-month-old girl and her father died when police say someone intentionally ran them over.

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On Oct. 19, a 19-year-old was shot and killed in Akron's Goodyear neighborhood.

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