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Funeral services held for Akron police shooting victim Jayland Walker with an open casket, Walker Black and gunned down by Akron police with 60 bullets....By Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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Pictured is Ahron, Ohio police killing victim Jayland Walker
Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com.

AKRON, Ohio-Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in Akron, Ohio for Jayland Walker, the 25-year-old Black man whom eight Akron cops unceremoniously gunned down late last month with 60 bullets as he tried to get away from police.

Walker's homegoing celebration, which drew hundreds to an Akron theatre, included family members, community activists, Black elected officials and Civil Rights leaders from the NAACP in attendance, and it went forward with an open casket.

The day prior city officials deemed the day a day of citywide mourning for the police shooting victim.

Akron is a city some 30 miles south of Cleveland It has a population of some 200,000 people and is the hometown of NBA megastar and Los Angeles Laker LeBron James

Services began with musical performances and speeches, followed by a touching eulogy

“Jayland was a kind and gentle soul who loved to make others laugh,” said Pastor Marlon Walker. “A true family man, Jayland cheers the time he spent with his mother, sister and grandmother. He had a zeal for life and love, traveling with his beloved fiancee. He loved underground music and basketball. He was just beginning to live his life, saving money to become a successful entrepreneur with aspirations of starting a business.”

Speakers honored Walker’s life, and called for accountability for his death in the wake of nationwide protests, several arrests of protesters, and a citywide curfue, though on Wednesday there were no protests per the wishes of the family, including his sister Jada Walker, who told Good Morning America in a previous interview that the incident is "hard to just talk about."

Walker was gunned down by Akron police on June 27 at approximately 12:30 a.m. during a foot chase following a hot pursuit vehicle stop.Officers fired more than 90 bullets toward Walker. He was not carrying a weapon when killed, although a handgun was later located in his car, police said

Officers allege that Walker fired one or more shots during the preceding car chase with this handgun Police said they recovered a bullet casing from the location where a shot may have been fired, and that the casing is consistent with the type of firearm found in Walker's vehicle.


The NAACP, activists and Walker's family lawyer dispute the account by police and city officials and say he is a victim of racial profiling and excessive force like so many other Black men in America who have lost their lives to police violence.They say that the account by police of the shooting is a coverup and that Walker is no longer alive to give his side of the story. Police, they say, gunned him down because he ran from police , and he was Black.


The saga began approximately 2:30 a.m. on June 26 when a New Franklin police officer attempted to pull over Walker's car for a broken taillight and license plate bulb. The driver failed to stop and drove "at speeds approaching 50 mph" on city streets before crossing the Akron city line, at which point the pursuing officer ended the less-than-three-minute chase; officers who pursued and eventually shot Walker the next morning were aware of this incident.

Acording to the Akron Police Department, at about 12:30 a.m. on June 27, police in Akron attempted to stop Walker for an unspecified traffic violation. Walker did not stop and a chase ensued.According to the pursuing officers, gunfire came from the vehicle less than a minute into the chase. After several minutes, Walker exited the highway and the chase continued along city streets.

Eventually, Walker's car slowed down, and while the car was still moving, Walker exited from the passenger's side, wearing a ski mask, and ran towards a nearby parking lot.Officers chased Walker and attempted to stop him with a stun gun but were not successful..After about ten seconds of chasing Walker, eight police officers opened fire for six or seven seconds, shooting approximately 90 rounds.Police said that it appeared Walker was turning towards them, and they believed he was armed and "moving into a firing position".

Following the shooting, Walker was put in handcuffs by police and was found with his hands cuffed behind his back when EMTs arrived on the scene. According to police, officers attempted to administer first aid to Walker after he was shot Walker was pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner observed 60 wounds on Walker's body, with some uncertainty based on entrance and exit wounds.No firearm was found on Walker's body.The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled his death a homicide.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 July 2022 22:45

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