Adarus Black (Na’Kia Crawford Suspect) Wiki – Adarus Black (Na’Kia Crawford Suspect) Biography
Adarus Black was named as the suspect accused of shooting to death Na’Kia Crawford, an Akron, Ohio, teen who was murdered at an intersection, police said in a press release on June 18, four days after Crawford was killed. Black, 17, is being sought by Akron Police. Two others, Jaion Bivins and Janisha George, are also facing charges connected to the shooting.
Adarus Black and Na’Kia Crawford
Akron Police said investigators do not believe Crawford knew the suspects and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when she was shot. Investigators said at a press conference that Crawford is believed to have been shot in a case of mistaken identity. Police said social media rumors that Crawford was targeted because she is black appear to be untrue.
Who was Na’Kia Crawford?
Crawford had a bright future and positive personality, and her senseless death has left family, friends and the community reeling. Only a couple weeks ago, she was celebrating a big accomplishment: High school graduation. She had big plans for college, and she was only 18.
All of those dreams ended when, Akron police and school officials say, the suspect pulled alongside the car in Crawford and her grandmother rode, and opened fire. Crawford’s grandmother survived the attack but Crawford, tragically, did not.
“Black lives matter,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said to News 5 Cleveland. “Na’Kia Crawford’s life mattered.”
Crawford recently posted a series of high school graduation photos in cap-and-gown and thanked God for “blessing me to be able to walk the stage.” On her birthday last year, she posted on Facebook that she was “blessed to see 18.”
Na’Kia Crawford Death
The shooting was horrific; it occurred, officials say, in broad daylight on a Sunday afternoon at a local intersection. The car pulled alongside and shots were fired into Crawford’s car. The motive remains unclear. Crawford was out running errands with her grandmother when she was shot and killed, police said. Her grandmother was in the passenger seat of the car, but she was not injured, according to police.
According to Akron Public Schools in a June 15, 2020 statement:
Eighteen 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.
Police were investigating whether the shooter was a white male, according to News 5 Cleveland. On social media, relatives described Crawford’s killer as a white male. But police have since said all three suspects are black
Police said in a statement that they found Crawford shot to death in her car at East North and North Howard Streets.
Black, of Lakemore, is facing a murder charge. Bivins, 18, of Akron, was charged with obstructing justice and tampering with evidence. He plans on turning himself in, police said. George, 24, of Tallmadge, was charged with obstructing justice. She and Black have not been in contact with police and authorities urged them to turn themselves in.
Adarus Black Criminal Record
Phil Trexler, a reporter with WKYC, tweeted, “Accused shooter of #NakiaCrawford is 17 with a long juvenile criminal history. Akron cops meticulously followed a path of surveillance cameras to eventually ID car, driver. Female is accused of trying to help hide the car.” According to Trexler, Bivins was driving the car. Police said Bivins told investigators he does not know why Black opened fire on Crawford. Police have not confirmed a motive for the shooting, but do not believe it was a hate crime. Witnesses and Akron’s mayor initially said the shooter was white.