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US Marshals Arrest 3 Men in Connection to Gruesome Murder After Beating High School Teen to Death and Then Bragging About it to Friends

  The U.S. Marshals Service arrested three men accused of fatally beating a 17-year-old high Ethan Liming outside the high school founded by...


The U.S. Marshals Service arrested three men accused of fatally beating a 17-year-old high Ethan Liming outside the high school founded by LeBron James.

The three men beat Liming to death and later bragged about it to friends.

Via Jack Posobiec

WKYC reported:

Local and federal authorities have arrested three suspects in connection with the beating death of Akron teen Ethan Liming, sources confirmed to 3News’ Phil Trexler Saturday morning.

The U.S. Marshals Service later announced brothers Deshawn Stafford Jr. and Tyler Stafford—20 and 19 years old, respectively—had been taken into custody along with their 21-year-old cousin Donovan Jones around 9:30 a.m. at separate locations, with the Akron Police Department assisting in the operation. The trio are currently being held on charges of murder and felonious assault, with Jones also accused of disrupting public service…

…Liming, a 17-year-old soon-to-be senior at Firestone Community Center, was found dead near the basketball courts at the I Promise School on West Market Street around 10:45 p.m. back on June 2. Investigators believe he and others became involved in an altercation after one group of individuals fired a SplatRBall gun at another group playing basketball, and that Ethan was knocked unconscious and brutally assaulted in the scuffle.

“My son died because of a toy,” Ethan’s father Bill told 3News earlier this week, “and just goofing around as a teenager.”

According to the U.S. Marshals, Deshawn and Tyler Stafford were both arrested at a home on the 500 block of North Howard Street in Akron while Jones was captured on the 200 block of Crosby Street. Sources tell WKYC they and their family members were allegedly bragging about killing Liming, leading witnesses to tip off law enforcement.

Here is the statement by the US Marshals Service.

Three Suspects Arrested by Akron Police and U.S. Marshals for Fatal Beating of Akron Teen

Akron, OH – This morning, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Deshawn Stafford Jr., 20 yrs, Tyler Stafford, 19 yrs, and Donovon Jones, 21 yrs. The three are wanted by the Akron Police Department for the fatal beating of Ethan Liming, 17 yrs, outside the I Promise School in Akron on June 2, 2022.

Members of the Akron Police Department were able to identify the suspects and warrants were issued for homicide. Akron Police and the U.S. Marshals worked together to locate and arrest Deshawn and Tyler Stafford at a residence located on the 500 block of North Howard Street in Akron. Jones was arrested at a residence located on the 200 block of Crosby Street in Akron.

“Ethan’s senseless and tragic death has touched every person in our community,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “These arrests would not have been possible without the dedication of our Akron Police Department and their collaboration with the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. They have worked around the clock on this case and I thank them for their tireless efforts. My thoughts and prayers remain with the entire Liming family at this time.”

Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylett added, “I am happy to report that today, officers with the Akron Police Department, made several arrests in connection with the death of Ethan Liming. We thank the members of the community for their outpouring of support that helped investigators throughout this investigation. We will continue to follow any leads that will result in bringing those responsible for Ethan’s death to justice. While I believe the news of the arrests will be welcomed by Ethan’s family and loved ones, we all recognize that nothing will bring Ethan back. Violence in this country must stop. We are losing too many lives to senseless acts of violence.”

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “The U.S. Marshals Service will continue to provide all necessary resources to help our partners at the Akron Police Department to combat violent crime. This crime impacted an entire community and we stand alongside the community in seeking justice for Ethan.”

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