Less than two weeks after an 18-year-old girl from Ohio celebrated her high school graduation, she was shot and killed while driving her grandmother to the bank.
Na’Kia Crawford, from Akron, was found riddled with bullets inside her car at the intersection of North Howard Street and East North Street on Sunday afternoon.
She was rushed to Summa Akron City Hospital but could not be saved. Her grandmother, who witnessed the shooting, was not harmed.
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Na’Kia Crawford, 18, is pictured in her cap and gown on the day of her graduation on June 3. Less than two weeks later, she was shot and killed while driving her grandmother
The Akron Police Department in Ohio on Monday released photos of a black sports car that is believed to be connected to Crawford’s homicide on June 14
The vehicle pictured above is described as having dark tinted windows
On Monday, the Akron Police Department released photos showing a black sports car with dark tinted windows, which investigators believe was involved in the killing, reported News 5 Cleveland.
On Monday afternoon, a protest was held at the spot where Crawford was gunned down, with family, friends and supporters demanding justice for the high school graduate.
Some participants claimed that a white man in a black sports car shot Crawford, who was black, as part of a racially motivated attack.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a statement that investigators are looking into those reports.
Lt. Michael Miller, with the Akron Police Department, said the shooting appeared to be random and unrelated to road rage.
On Monday, family, friends and supporters held a protest at the intersection where Crawford was killed
Crawford’s family described Na’Kia as a kind, caring and intelligent young woman
‘We don’t have anything at this stage to suggest the victim was targeted specifically because of her race. It’s too early to tell,’ Miller said, according to Akron Beacon Journal.
Crawford graduated from North High School on June 3. That day, she shared on her Facebook page still photos and videos of herself proudly posing in her canary-yellow cap and gown.
‘Im officially a ￼high school graduate,’ she wrote in a status update. ‘I want to thank God for blessing me to be able to walk the stage it was stressful but I did it…I’m so thankful next step college Central state university…’
Crawford planned to study computer technology at the historically black college located in Wilberforce, Ohio, next fall.
Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James released a statement mourning Crawford’s violent and premature death.
Crawford proudly posed in her cap and gown less than two weeks before her death. She planned to study computer science at Central State University in the fall
‘The flame of her candle went out way too early,’ he wrote. ‘To make it to her high school graduation, with plans for her future, especially during this difficult time of COVID-19, just stings that much more. The heartache is real for those of us left behind to pick up the pieces.
‘All of us at Akron Public Schools are feeling the loss of this young woman as we do…