North High Student Killed Sunday Afternoon

Superintendent on Shooting Death of Student
Posted on 06/15/2020
Image of Na'Kia CrawfordEighteen-year-old Na'Kia Crawford just graduated from North High School in Akron. Police today are looking for a suspect in her murder yesterday at 1:25 p.m. just north of downtown Akron on North Howard Street.

Police reports indicate a car pulled up next to Na'Kia's, and someone opened fire into her car. Her grandmother was in the car and was not injured. Na'Kia passed away at a local hospital.


Superintendent on shooting death of Na'Kia Crawford:

Our children hold the promise of tomorrow inside themselves. We never know what each child may carry that will end up benefiting society or helping others. But waiting and watching as children grow into adults and begin to make a difference in the world around them is exciting to see.

We will never know what Na'Kia Crawford might have done in or after college. She is our second student in a week to die a violent death. The flame of her candle went out way too early. 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 when -- all too often it seems -- children's lives are taken.

We pray for Na’Kia and her entire family, her fellow students at North High School, and the teachers and staff there as well. We offer our support to them in any way that is possible. What a terrible loss.

Akron Public Schools is offering support for grieving students and families. We ask those who need support in the wake of the death of Na'Kia Crawford to call North High School at 330.761.2665 to arrange for grief counseling.

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David W. James, Ed. D.
Akron Public Schools
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