Terrifying 911 call revealed just after boy, 17, was beaten to death after spraying attackers with a water pistol

A CHILLING 911 call reveals the final moments of a teenager beaten to death on a basketball court near an Ohio high school after a prank went wrong.

Ethan Liming, 17, and three friends were playing with a plastic pistol that shoots water pellets before he was found beaten to death in the parking lot of I Promise School in Akron on June 2.

High school junior Ethan Liming was a talented athlete

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High school junior Ethan Liming was a talented athletePhoto Credit: Photo provided by family via WEWS-TV
The young man wanted to study law after graduating from high school

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The young man wanted to study law after graduating from high schoolPhoto Credit: Photo provided by family via WEWS-TV

The young lad, a distinguished student at Firestone Community Learning Center who played baseball and football, died after suffering blunt force trauma to his head, police said.

Many questions remain about the timing of the tragic incident.

The young man, who wanted to be a lawyer, was riding in a car with friends in the area “and shooting at objects and possibly unsuspecting people with a SPLATRBALL water bead blaster,” Akron Police said.

The vehicle pulled into the Promise School, a facility supported in part by the Lebron James Family Foundation, before the group headed to the basketball court.

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“The teenagers then appeared to have attacked or approached those in the square and fired the gel-soft gun at them,” police said. “Unfortunately, the collective actions of the teenagers in the car seem to have provoked the altercation.”

A fight ensued between Ethan and his three friends and three young men who have since been charged with murder in connection with Ethan’s death – Tyler Stafford, 19, Donovon Jones, 21, and Deshawn Stafford, 20.

Three men - two brothers and their cousin - have been charged in connection with Ethan's death

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Three men – two brothers and their cousin – have been charged in connection with Ethan’s deathPhoto credit: U.S. Marshals Service

According to the affidavits accompanying the arrests of the suspects, the young men “beat” and “attacked” each of the victims and “beat Liming until he was unconscious” before “continued to beat him.”

However, a newly released 911 call from the basketball court has raised more questions about the deadly incident, police said during a June 8 news conference.

“We’re at I Promise School in Akron, Ohio,” one of Liming’s friends said to a 911 agent during a call at 10:42 p.m. the night of the altercation, according to Fox News.

“Our friend was just knocked unconscious. We don’t know what to do.”

When the operator asks if the fight is still ongoing, a voice can be heard in the background saying, “Hey man. We’re sorry man.

The young lad on the phone with the dispatcher confirmed that “there” had been a fight and said, “It’s okay though. It’s cool now. It’s cool now.”

When asked if Ethan was okay, the teen replied, “Yes, he’s breathing. He is breathing.”

At the same time, new skirmishes appear in the background before a voice is heard saying, “I’m not trying to fight though.”

More brawls and unintelligible voices and noises continue before the call abruptly ends.

Police officers arrived at the scene within three minutes of calling 911 and found Ethan lying on the parking lot floor.

Despite efforts to resuscitate the young lad, Ethan was pronounced dead at the scene, Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett said.

More questions remain after Fox News Digital police documents described how two suspects, Deshawn and Tyler Stafford, “took Liming’s car and drove it around” as the high school junior’s friends tried to take him to the hospital.

Tyler Stafford’s arrest affidavit reads: “When […] tried to come to Liming’s aid by taking him to the hospital, Stafford took Liming’s car and drove it to the other end of the parking lot.

Affidavit of Arrest of Tyler Stafford (Akron Municipal Courts/Fox News Digital)

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Affidavit of Arrest of Tyler Stafford (Akron Municipal Courts/Fox News Digital)

This version is vehemently disputed by Jonathan Sinn, representing DeShawn Stafford, who stated that his client, brother and cousin saw “a carload of teenagers (…) with what at the time appeared to be a fully automatic firearm” and defended themselves in a climate of widespread mass shooting in the United States.

Sinn said the suspects took the water gun and Ethan’s car after the alleged altercation, saying they didn’t move the car to prevent the victim from being taken to the hospital.

Instead, the attorney explained, the trio did so to keep Ethan and his friends at the scene until police arrived.

The suspects fled before police arrived to find “nobody at the scene,” Mylett told reporters.

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Ethan’s father, Bill Liming, said in a statement Tuesday, June 14 that his family “is confident that justice will be served on Ethan when the facts of the case are presented in court.”

Speaking to the Cleveland WEWS TV channel, Ethan’s mother, Jennifer Liming, said, “Ethan was everything. He was a good boy. He was a smart boy. He loved life. He loved life. He wanted to be friends with everyone.”

The three suspects are being held on $1 million bail. Both pleaded not guilty during Monday’s arraignment.

Ethan’s funeral service was on Friday, June 17th.

A photo of the SPLATRBALL water bead gun found at the crime scene

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A photo of the SPLATRBALL water bead gun found at the crime scenePhoto credit: Akron Police Department
Ethan's devastated family and friends have paid tribute to the talented teenager

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Ethan’s devastated family and friends have paid tribute to the talented teenagerPhoto credit: WKYC

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DevanCole

DevanCole is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DevanCole joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: devancole@dailynationtoday.com.

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