A teenager from Akron, Ohio was beaten to death Thursday night near the basketball courts of the I Promise school founded by LeBron James.
Ethan Liming, 17, was pronounced dead about 20 minutes after being found in a parking lot near the courts.
Liming, who attended the Firestone Community Learning Center in Akron, had apparently parked in the parking lot with friends. This group then started fighting with at least three individuals playing on the grounds.
The group with Liming then left the scene and quickly called 911 to report the fight. Akron police later said Liming was “brutally assaulted” and passed out after being beaten.
Liming is the fourth student from the Akron Public Schools District to die in the past two weeks. One of these students was shot dead, while two siblings died in a house fire.
James officially opened the I Promise School in 2018, shortly after joining the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. The school was established with the goal of helping underserved communities in James’ hometown of Akron.
After hearing about the tragedy, James and the LeBron James Family Foundation each expressed their sympathy for Liming and his family.
Our condolences go out to the family who lost a loved one!! My heaven above is watching over you during this tragedy! Pray for our community! 💚👑 https://t.co/bpq5qsoNfO
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 3, 2022
The 2021-22 school year at I Promise School ended on May 25, with a surprise visit from James to congratulate the students.
Liming was a member of Firestone’s football and baseball teams and a member of the school’s Design Academy. A candlelight vigil will be held in his memory on Friday evening at the school baseball field.