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AKRON, OH – U.S. Marshals announced on Saturday that three men were arrested by the Akron Police Department in connection with the murder of 17-year old Firestone Community Learning Center three-sport athlete Ethan Liming on June 2nd.

The arrests were made in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at two separate residential buildings, early Saturday morning.

Liming, who just completed his junior year of high school, played football, basketball and baseball at Firestone. His death was ruled as a homicide caused by blunt force trauma, following an altercation by two groups of young men near an outdoor basketball court on the campus of the I Promise School in Akron.

According to a statement released by the police, “in the moments leading up to the incident, one or more occupants in the [Liming]’s vehicle were riding around the surrounding area shooting a SPLATRBALL Water Bead Blaster at objects and possibly unsuspecting people.” They then “targeted or approached the subjects who were on the court and fired the gel soft gun at them,” seemingly provoking the altercation.

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When police arrived on the scene at 10:45 p.m., Liming was unresponsive. Responding paramedics attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 11:05 p.m.

Akron native and NBA superstar LeBron James, whose foundation supports the I Promise School, tweeted a message of sympathy to Liming’s family.