Coroner: 4 Akron Victims Were Shot in Head

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Autopsies show two young men and two young women found dead in a northeast Ohio townhome died of gunshot wounds to the head, the Summit County examiner’s office said Friday.

The deaths were ruled homicides as investigators sorted through information from interviews with neighbors and others, hoping to pick up clues about what happened to the four people found dead a day earlier in a housing complex in Akron, about 35 miles south of Cleveland.

Police released few details, and there was no word on any possible motive or suspect.

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic said in a statement Friday that it appeared the dead were not victims of a random act of violence.

“The victims appear to have been targeted for reasons still under investigation,” he said.

Police found the bodies after responding to an emergency call Thursday afternoon. The neighbor who called 911 said a man had banged on the door, frantically seeking help to contact police about someone dead in a basement, according to a recording of the 911 call.

The medical examiner’s office identified the men 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. No hometowns were listed for them.

Delaney’s father, also named Kem Delaney, of Detroit, told the Akron Beacon Journal his family didn’t know why someone would kill his son, who was a part-time student at the University of Akron.

Roberts’ mother, April Roberts-Gilbert, told the newspaper that her son, a father of two, was training to be a draftsman.

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