As Ethan Liming lay dying on the basketball court of the Ohio I Promise School, founded by LeBron James, Liming's friends phoned 911 to try to get help after he was mercilessly beaten. The incident occurred on June 2.
"We're at the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio," a teen tells the 911 dispatcher, "our friend just got knocked out. We don't know what to do." The call was posted to Twitter by Human Events Daily's Jack Posobiec. In the background, a voice can be heard saying "Hey man, we're sorry, man. We didn't mean it."
The 911 dispatcher takes the teen's name, and asks if there's a fight currently going on. He said that the fight had ended, but that Liming was unconscious, though he was breathing. The dispatcher asks for more information, but loses the connection, and there's no further conversation on the call.
One of the suspects in the beating, Donovan Jones, allegedly stole one of Liming's friend's phones when he attempted to call 911, and then made off in Liming's car. Jones was later charged with disrupting a public service.
Liming was beaten to death in the parking lot of the school, and three men have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack. Their defense attorney has stated that the men were provoked, and that they believed they were "in the right." The men apparently also stole Liming's car, believing that this meant when police arrived, the teens would have to explain themselves and their actions, and be held accountable.
The suspects, being held on $1 million bond, are 21-year-old Donovan Jones, 20-year-old DeShawn Stafford Jr., and 19-year-old Tyler Stafford.
"My understanding is it wasn't moved in an effort to try and prevent anyone from getting help," their attorney Jonathan Sinn said. "It was more of a situation of, 'You guys are going to stay here. You guys are gonna stay here until the cops come, you're going to have to explain the situation.' So they didn't want the other boys taking off because they really felt they were in the right."
When police arrived at the scene that night "nobody was on-scene," said Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett.
Reports have indicated that Liming and his friends arrived at the school for paint ball target practice, and police said "The teens then appeared to have targeted or approached the subjects who were on the court and fired the gel soft gun at them. The collective actions of the teens in the car appear to have unfortunately provoked the altercation."
There was a confrontation, during which Liming was "stomped and kicked." This continued even after Liming lost consciousness.
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