Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Recent Akron Murder of 18-Year Old Na’kia Crawford
Akron, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement in response to recent murders in Akron, Ohio. This weekend, 18-year old Na’kia Crawford was fatally shot in a car on Akron’s north side.
“My heart broke when I heard the news of this senseless loss of life. While this murder is still under investigation and we have more questions than answers at the moment, the truth is that Na’kia Crawford should still be with us today. In 2018, hate-crime violence hit a 16 year high, according to the FBI. While we don’t yet know the motive of this heinous crime, there is no question that the plague of racism runs deep in every community across the United States – including our own.
“I want to join Mayor Horrigan in saying clearly and loudly that Black lives matter, and that Na’kia Crawford’s life mattered. My prayers are with the Crawford family, but my thoughts are with the mountain of work we must do to become a more perfect union and rid our nation of the structural and institutional racism it was built upon. We have so much work to do,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.
If you have any information related to the murders of Na’kia Crawford or Brian Powers, please contact the Akron Police Department at (330) 375-2490.