U.S. marshals have arrested three people suspected of fatally beating an Ohio teen outside of a school funded by professional basketball player LeBron James.
Saturday morning, the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Deshawn Stafford, Jr., 20, Tyler Stafford, 19, and Donovon Jones, 21, in connection to the death of 17-year-old Ethan Liming in Akron, Ohio, on June 2.
In the moments leading up to the end of Liming’s life, the Akron Police Department says Liming was riding around in a vehicle with three other people shooting a SPLATRBALL Water Bead Blaster at objects and possibly unsuspecting people. The teens pulled into an area of Market Street near the basketball court outside of I Promise School.
From there, Akron police believe the teens targeted or approached people on the basketball court, firing the gel soft gun that police have described as a toy at them. Investigators say this sparked a fight that left Liming dead.
A 911 call was placed at the scene. Arriving three minutes later, police found no one but an unresponsive Liming there. The 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The collective actions of the teens in the car appear to have unfortunately provoked the altercation,” Akron Police said in part. “While these actions appear to have played a role in the incident, investigators do not believe the attack or the murder were remotely justified.”