Vigil for 4 slaying victims at Kimlyn Circle townhouse complex attracts 200 mourners

AKRON, Ohio - A victim's mother is appealing for tips to help police investigating the killing of four young people whose bodies were found in an Akron townhome.

Authorities haven't mentioned a possible motive in the slayings and Akron police spokesman Lt. Rick Edwards said in an email Monday there was no break to report.

About 200 people attended a memorial vigil Sunday evening. The Akron Beacon Journal reported that the memorial took place at the housing complex where the victims were found.

The bodies of the two men and two women were found in a basement Thursday. Each was shot in the head, according to autopsies.

The men were identified as 24-year-old Ronald Roberts and 23-year-old Kem Delaney, both of Akron. The women were identified as 19-year-olds Maria Nash and Kiana Welch.

Roberts' mother, April Roberts-Gilbert, pleaded for witnesses to come forward and help police solve the case.

The bodies were discovered by a friend of Roberts who kept trying to call him by cellphone, Roberts-Gilbert said.

"Someone else answered the phone, and he knew that wasn't right," she said. That led the friend to come to the home and find the bodies in the basement, she reported.

She said she was perplexed about what could have gone so wrong in her son's life.

"This doesn't make sense," Roberts-Gilbert said. "My son was a people person. He would have given you the shirt off his back."

Print this article Back to Top

Comments

Related Stories

Quadruple Akron murder suspects Derrick Brantley, Deshanon Haywood indicted by prosecutor Quadruple Akron murder suspects Derrick Brantley, Deshanon Haywood indicted by prosecutor

Two 21 year olds have been indicted for a quadruple murder in Akron and face the death penalty if convicted.

Two 21-year-old men charged in connection with April quadruple slaying in Akron Two 21-year-old men charged in connection with April quadruple slaying in Akron

Two men have been charged with aggravated murder in connection with a quadruple murder in Akron on April 18.

Akron police trying to identify possible witness in Kimlyn Circle quadruple murder investigation Akron police trying to identify possible witness in Kimlyn Circle quadruple murder investigation

A man, who was apparently did a good deed, could be an important witness in a quadruple homicide investigation in Akron.

Summit County Crimestoppers offers $2,000 reward to catch the killer of four young adults in Akron Summit County Crimestoppers offers $2,000 reward to catch the killer of four young adults in Akron

One week has passed since four young adults were murdered in cold blood inside a townhouse near Chapel Hill Mall in Akron.

Vigil for 4 slaying victims at Kimlyn Circle townhouse complex attracts 200 mourners Vigil for 4 slaying victims at Kimlyn Circle townhouse complex attracts 200 mourners

A victim's mother is appealing for tips to help police investigating the killing of four young people whose bodies were found in an Akron townhome.

Vigil in Akron at Kimlyn Circle townhouse complex to honor 4 people found dead in basement Vigil in Akron at Kimlyn Circle townhouse complex to honor 4 people found dead in basement

The community of North Akron gathered Sunday night for a vigil honoring the four victims found shot to death Thursday in a basement.

Akron mayor issues statement on violent 2 weeks in the city Akron mayor issues statement on violent 2 weeks in the city

In light of some recent violent events in Akron, Mayor Don Plusquellic issued a statement on Friday in an effort to ease the minds of the residents of his city

Akron police: Four people shot in the head, killed; Bodies found in basement Akron police: Four people shot in the head, killed; Bodies found in basement

Two men and two women were found shot and killed in the basement of an Akron townhouse Thursday afternoon, Akron police said.