LeBron asks his 51 million Twitter followers to "pray for our community" after teen's death

LeBron James speaks at the I Promise School in Akron in this file photo.
LeBron James speaks at the I Promise School in Akron in this file photo.
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LeBron James asked his 51 million followers on Twitter to "pray for our community" following the beating death Thursday night of an Akron teen on the campus of his I Promise School.

Akron Police say 17-year-old Ethan Liming was beaten to death after he and his friends got into a confrontation with another group of males at the school's basketball court.

Officers responding to calls of a fight found Liming's body in a parking lot near the basketball court at the school at 400 W. Market St.

I Promise School: Ethan Liming, 17, killed near basketball courts at I Promise School in Akron

Akron Public Schools said Liming was a "rising senior" at Firestone Community Learning Center and was in the school's Academy of Design.

The death comes on the heels of a shooting at a vigil earlier in the week in Akron's North Hill neighborhood that left one man dead and a teenager and another man wounded.

LeBron, who personally dedicated the basketball court in 2019, turned to Twitter to offer his condolences.

"Our condolences goes out to the family who lost a loved one," he wrote. "(May) the heavens above watch over you during this tragedy!

"Pray for our community!"

The school, which is a collaboration between the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, had its last classes of the school year on May 25.

Craig Webb can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconournal.com.

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