Duval County

‘As a family, we are angry’: Family mourns death of 24-year-old and wants answers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A local family is mourning the death of 24-year-old Tevin Robinson. There were emotional cries for justice as family members of Robinson plead for answers.

“I just want justice for my son because he didn’t deserve it,” his mother Shemeika Robinson said.

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The 24-year-old was found unresponsive in a car at the Highland Square shopping center and police suspect foul play.

Since then, Action News Jax has learned from multiple sources and family members that Robinson was shot.

“When I heard the term ‘shot’ immediately in my head, I took it as my cousin was gunned down,” his cousin Roneka Wells said.

Robinson was a well-known hairstylist specializing in wigs and weaves. Family members like his cousin Roneka Wells and his Aunt Raschel Campbell tell Action News Jax that he was openly gay and heavily involved in the LGBTQ community.

“He was loved, he is truly missed – he was our little firefly,” Wells said.

“There’s nobody who did not know Duval Princess,” Campbell said.

Security video given to Action News Jax from a nearby business shows someone waiting at the corner of a business that morning. The car we are told Robinson is in pulls up, the person goes to the driver side window first, then walks to the passenger side door.

They appear to have a conversation and then again, the person goes back to the driver side. Shortly after, it appears as if the person hops into the passenger seat.

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Roughly 10 minutes go by and then there’s a flash, which we opted not to show. Moments later the person is seen running away.

Family says according to messages, Robinson was meeting up with someone he knew.

“I have never known a pain like this and we just want answers,” Campbell said. “This was a senseless act of violence, it was a hate crime.”

Family says his outgoing personality will live on forever and hope closure comes sooner rather than later.

“Knowing who did it will take a lot of burden off our shoulders but knowing why would make us feel so much at peace,” Well said.

It’s important to note that police call it a suspicious death and suspect foul play. At this time, it’s not listed as a homicide, but family believes wholeheartedly it was murder.

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