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Funeral services today for teen murdered in Akron: Paying respects to Na'Kia Crawford

Rest in peace, Na'Kia.

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron community will pay its final respects Thursday as family and friends hold funeral services for 18-year-old Na’Kia Crawford.

She was shot and killed while sitting in a vehicle at a red light on June 14 in Akron. The shooting took place near West North and North Howard streets, just a few blocks from the family’s home.

The public services are being held at the Word Church Akron on Brittain Road from 9 a.m. until noon. A private funeral service will follow.

She was "living the American dream," her father told 3News earlier this week. She was the oldest of five children, according to her family.

Crawford, who just recently graduated from North High School, was planning to attend Central State University this fall.

Two of three suspects in the case have turned themselves in, but authorities are still searching for the alleged gunman – 17-year-old Adarus Black. A $5,000 reward is being offered in the case. Anybody with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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