By Carolyn Berardino
37-year-old Ericka Weems had just moved back to her hometown of Akron, Ohio and had opened up her second daycare center, when she was gunned down inside her own home. Her body was discovered on November 2, 2020, when she was scheduled to babysit for a friend and couldn’t be reached.
By all accounts, Ericka was outgoing, athletic, and happy to be living near her family again, after recently leaving Columbus, Ohio. According to NBC News, she had graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006 and received her master’s in teaching in 2007. When the Covid-19 epidemic hit, she had to close down her original daycare facility, but was excited to reopen in Akron.
Ericka’s brother is the Cleveland Cavaliers Director of Scouting Brandon Weems. Lebron James tweeted in support of finding justice for Ericka, and the Cavs organization is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Summit County Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $5,000 reward.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to please contact the Akron Police Department at 330-374-2490. Callers can remain anonymous.