Funeral for Jayland Walker held as Akron leaders call for day of mourning

Pictured is Jayland Walker, who was killed by police in Akron after a chase, officials said.
Pictured is Jayland Walker, who was killed by police in Akron after a chase, officials said.(WOIO)
Published: Jul. 13, 2022 at 5:16 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The funeral services for Jayland Walker, who was shot and killed by Akron police on June 27 following an attempted traffic stop and chase, were held on Wednesday.

Visitation hours began at 10 a.m. followed by the 1 p.m. funeral services for Walker at the Akron Civic Theatre, which included remarks from his family.

Walker’s funeral comes after Akron city leaders declared Wednesday as a day of mourning for the 25-year-old.

According to police, Walker was unarmed at the time he was fatally shot while running away on foot. A firearm that Walker allegedly used to shoot at officers during a short car chase was recovered in his vehicle after the shooting, Akron investigators said.

The Akron police chief previously said the exact number of shots fired at Walker is unknown, but the medical examiner’s report indicates at least 60 wounds were found on his body.

The attorneys for Walker’s family spoke on Wednesday afternoon following the private funeral services.

“We are going to hold them accountable for every single bullet that they fired,” said attorney Bobby DiCello.

He was joined by family members at the stand as well as other legal council from DiCello Levitt Gutzler.

Family of Jayland called for the Akron community to peacefully look to local law makers and policy members, as well as the church.

This story will be updated.

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