AKRON, Ohio — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and city council leaders unanimously passed a resolution Monday night to declare Wednesday, July 13 a city-wide day of mourning for Jayland Walker, according to a news release. 

What You Need To Know

  • Walker was a 25-year-old Black man who was unarmed when he was fatally wounded by Akron police
  • Jayland Walker's public funeral is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at the Akron Civic Theatre

  • There have been daily protests in Akron following the shooting

  • Council President Margo Sommerville, Vice President of Council Jeff Fusco and Pro-Temp Mike Freeman asked Mayor Dan Horrigan to create the city-wide day of mourning

The resolution said, "the death of Jayland Walker has profoundly affected the entire City of Akron and this Council extends its sincere condolences to his family and friends."

The document also noted the city is "a welcoming community that embraces diversity, engages in ongoing community dialogue, and is committed to racial equity and social justice."

“Tomorrow, Jayland Walker, a beloved son, brother, nephew, and friend will be laid to rest,” said Horrigan in a news release. “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.”

City-owned parking decks in downtown Akron will be free for those coming to the memorial on Wednesday.

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.)