AKRON, Ohio — The family of an 18-year-old that was gunned down in Akron while inside of a vehicle with her grandmother has hired an attorney that is representing families in several of the cases that sparked national protests for racial justice.
On Sunday at around 1:25 p.m., police responded to an area just north of downtown, at the intersection of North Howard Street and West North Street for a shooting. Officers found the 18-year-old victim, identified by the medical examiner as Na'Kia Crawford, inside the vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. Crawford was transported to Akron City hospital where she later died from her injuries on Monday at around 1:12 a.m. Her grandmother, who was not injured, was in the car with her at the time of the shooting.
Her family has hired nationally-known civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump.
“We stand with the family of this young woman in demanding answers from the Akron Police Department. We are committed to making sure police devote the necessary time and resources to identify the killer and get justice for her family," Crump said.
Crump is also representing the families of George Floyd, Briana Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, whose deaths at the hands of police officers sparked nationwide protests for racial justice.