Release Date: July 12,2022

City of Akron Declares July 13 as City-Wide Day of Mourning for Jayland Walker

Akron, Ohio, July 12, 2022 — Last night, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, Akron City Council President Margo Sommerville, Council Vice President Jeff Fusco, and Council President Pro Tem Mike Freeman submitted a resolution to Akron City Council to declare Wednesday, July 13 as a city-wide day of mourning for Jayland Walker. Akron City Council signed onto the resolution as Council as a whole and it was passed unanimously. 

Read the resolution here

“Tomorrow, Jayland Walker, a beloved son, brother, nephew, and friend will be laid to rest,” said Mayor Horrigan. “I want to thank Akron City Council for passing this resolution declaring tomorrow a day of mourning, in support of Jayland’s family and friends and to respect them in their time of grief. I know our entire city is also grieving. I offer my sincerest condolences to Jayland’s mom, sister, family, and friends during this difficult time.” 

The city is making city-owned parking decks in downtown Akron free tomorrow for anyone who wishes to come to the memorial at the Akron Civic Theatre. 

The decks with free parking are:

  • State St./ O’Neils Parking Deck (52 W. State St.)
  • Cascade (10 W. Mill St.)
  • Citi Center (132 S. High St.)
  • Broadway (120 S. Broadway St.)
  • High & Market (40 S. High St.)