Akron City Council Leadership Calls For a City-Wide Day of Mourning







Contact: Joan M. Williams, Council Chief of Staff

Email: jwilliams@akronohio.gov  

Phone:  330-375-2258

Akron City Council Leadership Calls For A City-Wide Day Of Mourning

Akron, Ohio, July 9, 2022 – Akron City Council Leadership – Council President Margo Sommerville, Vice-President Jeff Fusco and Pro-Tem Mike Freeman, are calling for a City-Wide Day of Mourning in the wake of Friday night’s shooting on Princeton Street in Akron. Council leadership have asked Mayor Horrigan to designate Wednesday, July 13th as a City-Wide Day of Mourning as Jayland Walker is funeralized.

Statement from President Margo Sommerville

As a Funeral Director, I see death every day. And while death is inevitable for us all, I am sickened and saddened by the premature and tragic loss of life that is pervasive in Akron, especially among our young people.  Since Jayland Walker’s death, 3 additional Akron residents have succumbed to injuries sustained from senseless gun violence. Our city is grieving, and the grief is being further complicated with each loss of life. Things MUST change!  When our hearts our broken, our heads don’t work!!!

Statement from the Undersigned:

We agree that:

  • 25-Year-old Jayland Walker’s Life Mattered

We also agree that:

  • 26-Year old Chelsey Jones’ Life Mattered
  • 4-Year old Journei Tolbert’s Life Mattered
  • 40-Year old Johnny Gaiter’s Life Mattered

The senseless loss of life is rampant and tragic no matter who pulls the trigger.  As a city, we need time to process and express grief and heal.  A City-Wide Day of Mourning will be an excellent beginning.  But healing takes time and tangible actions.  With that in mind, we have begun planning to host gatherings during which the community can come together and do just that!!

              Margo Sommerville                                         Jeff Fusco                                                Mike Freeman                              President of Council                                                        Vice-President                                             President Pro Tem