The autopsy report from the murder of 17-year-old Ethan Liming in the parking lot of LeBron James’ school in Akron, Ohio is now revealing that the young kid suffered some brutal blows before his untimely demise.
The teenager suffered a broken neck and a shoe imprint on his chest, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner. He died of blunt force trauma, a medical examiner reportedly ruled, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Deshawn Stafford Jr., 20, Tyler Stafford, 19, and Donovan Jones, 21, were arrested in connection with the homicide. The incident allegedly began after Liming and his three friends were playing with a high-tech water gun and shot the suspects as they played basketball. Liming was left dead after a three-on-four brawl ensued following the water gun attack, police said.
Responding cops found Liming on his back, bleeding from his head, nose, mouth and ears with a black eye. The autopsy further revealed that the teen’s occipital bone — which forms the base of the human skull and connects to the spinal cord — was broken.
All three suspects have pleaded not guilty to felonious assault and murder and were being held on a $1 million bond.
A defense lawyer for one of the suspects has already stated Liming could have been knocked out by one punch and said an impact with the concrete could be to blame for his fractured skull. Lawyers for the accused killers said they thought they were being attacked by a “fully automatic firearm.”
The entire ordeal was inspired by TikTok’s viral Orbeez Challenge, where teens film themselves using toy guns that shoot water gel beads at unsuspecting people.