AKRON, Ohio – Summit County Crimestoppers is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who has information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or people responsible for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Na’Kia Crawford.
Crawford was driving her white 2017 Chevrolet Malibu in Akron, Ohio on Sunday when she was shot and killed. Witnesses say Crawford was stopped at a red light when a black sports car with tinted windows, possibly a newer model Chevrolet Camaro, pulled up behind her car. They say the car then pulled up to the driver’s side of her car, and a person or people in the black car fired multiple gunshots into Crawford’s car.
Paramedics rushed Crawford to Summa Akron City Hospital, where she died. Crawford’s grandmother, who was also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, was not hurt.
During a news conference Tuesday, Akron police Deputy Chief Jesse Leeser said investigators are looking for additional information including license plates and names of potential suspects or witnesses who have not yet been interviewed.
Leeser said investigators have heard reports that the shooter was a white male, but that information is unconfirmed.
“Her senseless killing has rightfully impacted each and every one of us in a very personal way,” Horrigan said during a video news conference Tuesday.
Leeser said the department has been bombarded with calls from people asking whether police are investigating the shooting and why no one has been arrested.
“Detectives from the Akron Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons unit have been investigating this case since it happened,” Leeser said. “Officers stopped vehicles shortly after the crime that matched the original description of the suspect’s vehicle. Those individuals were all interviewed.”
He said no city of Akron traffic cameras are positioned at that intersection. Some users on social media mistook traffic sensors for cameras.
Crawford was a recent graduate of Akron’s North High School and was set to attend Central State University in the fall.
“Now, because of a tragic act, incomprehensible violence, the future she dreamed of was stolen from her, and she deserves justice,” Horrigan said.
Horrigan said the combined $45,000 reward for information comes from $5,000 from Crimestoppers, $20,000 donated by Crawford’s family and $25,000 in a personal donation from Dr. Cliff Deveny, president and CEO of Summa Health.
“I’ve been a lifelong resident of Akron and this is such a tragic event, and just something that has really torn at my heart,” Deveny said. “I’m just hoping that this doesn’t get swept under the rug, that people remember that Na’kia’s life mattered. She had her whole life in front of her.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490, Summit County Crimestoppers, Inc. at 330-434-2677 or text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637.