AKRON, Ohio — The family of Na’Kia Crawford, the 18-year-old Akron woman who was shot and killed days after her high school graduation, has started an online fundraiser for a scholarship in her name.
The GoFundMe for the Na’Kia Crawford Memorial Scholarship Fund has raised over $5,000 of the $75,000 goal as of Wednesday morning.
The scholarship will go to college-bound minority students from Akron who are interested in the STEM field.
Crawford’s family said she was excited to attend Central State University on an academic scholarship in the fall. The school released this statement Tuesday:
Central State University is deeply saddened by the murder of Na’kia Crawford.
Na’kia, who had committed to attend Central State in the fall to study Computer Science, possessed the intelligence and promise that any university would have eagerly welcomed among its student body. Sadly, this tragedy has robbed the world of seeing what Na’kia could have achieved at Central and in life.
The entire Central State University Community mourns her loss and sends our deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Crawford was running errands with her grandmother on the afternoon of Sunday, June 14 when a car pulled alongside her car and an unknown suspect or suspects fired multiple rounds. Crawford was hit multiple times and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Her grandmother was not injured.
Akron police are asking the public’s help in identifying the suspect or suspects, and a combined $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of Crawford’s killer or killers.