Summit County Crimestoppers offers $2,000 reward to catch the killer of four young adults in Akron

Detectives have leads, but no suspects

AKRON, Ohio - One week has passed since four young adults were murdered in cold blood inside a townhouse near Chapel Hill Mall in Akron.

Homicide detectives have been inundated with information and they're following up on leads, but they have no suspects in the quadruple murder.

"We need to know about all four victims and we're looking for information anybody has on any of the four victims. We don't want to leave any stone unturned," said Detective Rich Morrison.

Summit County Crimestoppers is offering a reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to the killer or killers.

It appears more than one gun was used to shoot the victims in their heads inside a Kimlyn Circle townhouse on April 18.

The bodies of Ronald Roberts, 24, Kem Delaney, 23, Maria Nash, 19, and Kiana Welch, 19, were discovered in the basement. Welch and Roberts had been dating for a year, according to relatives.

Roberts' mother, April Roberts-Gilbert, made an emotional plea for any details that would track down the suspects. She said she believes more than one person took part in the killings.

"No one can understand what I'm going through right now. This was my baby... I just want somebody to come forward because I know somebody knows something," Roberts-Gilbert said.

Delaney's father, also named Kem, delivered a message to whomever is responsible.

"If you're the person behind the gun that did this senseless crime, you're going to get caught. It's just a matter of time," the father said.

Morrison said he knows how many bullets were fired and other details from the crime scene, but detectives are not releasing specific information while they hunt for the killer.

The detective said the brutality of the murders has affected many people.

"It's tough for everybody including the families, the investigators and the officers who responded. When you get four victims that died died in that situation, under these circumstances, that takes a toll on everybody involved," Morrison said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Callers may remain anonymous.

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