A case of mistaken identity has reportedly resulted in the death of Na’Kia Crawford. It was on Sunday (June 14), when 18-year-old Na’Kia Crawford was driving her grandmother to the bank. There was nothing unusual that day as the two women were running errands, that is until they were stopped at a red light. It was then that a vehicle pulled up next to them and suddenly opened fire, killing the teen. Her grandmother was uninjured.
Because of the political climate we’re in, initially, people believed that the shooting was racially motivated. There wasn’t anything to indicate that the incident evolved from some road rage altercation, so investigators were stumped. Then, detectives were led to the black Chevrolet Camaro involved in the shooting which, in turn, caused them to identify three suspects in the case: Adarus Black, Jaion Bivins, and Janisha George. According to reports, George turned herself in to police and is facing charges of obstructing justice. Black is allegedly the shooter.
“Right now it appears this was a case of mistaken identity. Na’Kia Crawford was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Akron Police Deputy Chief Jesse Leeser. “While nothing will ever bring Na’kia back, we hope that these pending arrests will bring some sense of justice to this grieving family. I thank the detectives and leadership of the Akron Police Department for their skilled investigative work and I strongly encourage the remaining suspects to contact the Akron Police Department to peacefully turn themselves in today.”
Na’Kia Crawford had just graduated high school and was looking forward to pursuing higher education at Central State University. Her family has shared that Na’Kia planned on studying computer science and described her as being a “soft-spoken” and “kind-hearted” person.”My niece was very, very caring, loving and she was smart and beautiful. She did not deserve this,” said Kelly Hardwick, Na’Kia’s aunt.
The reward being offered by Crime Stoppers has amassed $50,000 as of the time of this publication. Police are searching for the other suspects wanted in this case.
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