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National Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump to represent family of 18-year-old Na'Kia Crawford

Crump is currently the lead attorney for the family of George Floyd.

AKRON, Ohio — An nationally renowned attorney will now represent the family of an Akron woman fatally shot Sunday. 

Ben Crump, the lead lawyer in the case of George Floyd, has been retained to represent the family of 18-year-old of Na'kia Crawford. 

Crawford was shot several times near North Howard Street and West North Street just before 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. She was transported to Akron City Hospital where she later died.

The news was announced in a press release Wednesday, with Crump saying:

"We stand with the family of this young woman in demanding answers from the Akron Police Department. We are committed to making sure police devote the necessary time and resources to identify the killer and get justice for her family,” said Crump in a press release. 

According to the New Yorker, Crump is the "go-to civil-rights attorney for families who have lost a loved one to police violence; he is often referred to as “the black Gloria Allred.” 

Akron Police have released photos of a car they believe is linked to the death of Crawford.  The car pictured is described a black sports car with dark tint.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and officials from the city's police department held a virtual press conference on Tuesday with the latest on the investigation into the shooting death of Na'kia Crawford.

While no arrests have been made yet, the department emphasized that it is devoting significant time and resources to this investigation. 

Summit County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those involved in Na'kia's murder. Additionally, the Crawford family has offered a reward of up to $20,000 and Dr. Cliff Deveny, president of Summa Health, has donated an additional $25,000 to Crime Stoppers in Na'kia's name.

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