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Teen's close friend arrested for his murder

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Updated: 2/10 11:45 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Their son was warned about his so-called friend Gregory Robinson.

Now Genea and Adrian Watkins Sr. say they wish he heeded those warnings, telling Action News they didn't even know their son Adrian was with him the night he died until now.

"We do know that they were together and apparently he walked him into the woods and shot him multiple times," said father Adrian Watkins Sr.

Robinson, 17, lives directly across the street from the Watkins family.

On Monday, he was arrested, accused of killing his best friend.

Action News asked the teen's father if he was surprised to hear his neighbor was charged with his son's crime.

"I had my suspicions and only because a lot of people in the streets had been talking," said Adrian Watkins Sr.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, witnesses told investigators that Robinson was bragging about shooting his friend. It's an incident the Watkins family believes stemmed from a fight that happened in November at First Coast High School.

"The fight was surrounding Gregory and my son jumped in to help him out," said Genea Watkins.

Both Robinson and her son were expelled. She told Action News she wishes school officials had done more to diffuse the situation.

"Maybe held some meetings with the kids and the parents just to make sure it didn't spill over into anything else," she said.

Action News contacted school leaders for comment, but they said its against policy to speak on a particular student or case. When Robinson was arrested, police also recovered a gun that matches the description of the one that was used in the crime.
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imtellin - 2/11/2014 2:00 PM
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your son helped his buddy & got paid back in spades... what do you think the scholl could have done to diffuse this ??? your neighbor, your kids buddy killed him... how could talking to other kids have changed this ??? wake up !!! you could have done more,, like moved !!!

king kaos - 2/11/2014 10:21 AM
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"Best friends" from across the street? Really... so noone had any idea that this scum was really a psychopathic killer. Well they did because "he was warned" about him repeatedly... but no biggie, he PROBABLY wont do anything TOO bad. While we are at it heres an unexploded grenade from WWII, some needles collected by the Heroin Helpers and a small amount of enriched uranium JIK... PARENTS - take part of your kids lifes or take part in thier funerals.
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