City’s 4th Homicide: Jimmy Roberson, 22

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As we reported Monday, Jimmy Q. Roberson was identified as the 22-year-old man fatally shot Sunday night, concluding a violent week in the city’s North End in which four other young men were shot. (Two of them died.)  Police found Roberson with a single gunshot wound to the head behind an apartment building at the corner of Barbour and Nelson streets.

Jimmy’s father, James Roberson, is an evangelist at Christ Tabernacle Ministries at Main Street after turning his own life around. When Jimmy recently got out of prison, Roberson told me that he sat his son down for a long talk at the church.

Jimmy, who got his GED while incarcerated, told him he wanted to “give his life over to the Lord,” Roberson said. Read the full story here.

Roberson believes a major factor in the cycle of violence is that young people have no respect for themselves. Thus, they have no respect for other human life.

“It’s time for this to stop,” Roberson said.

Mothers United Against Violence has planned a vigil for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the scene. James Roberson said Monday that he wants to hold a memorial service at the church.

Police are looking for any leads. If you have information, call Lt. Brian Foley at 860-757-4463 or foleb001@hartford.gov. For anonymous tips: Crime Stoppers at 860-722-8477 or this online site.

Jimmy Q. Roberson, 22, was found in the rear parking lot of this building at 91 Barbour St., police said. Photo by Vanessa de la Torre.

Jimmy Q. Roberson, 22, was found behind 91 Barbour St. Photo by Vanessa de la Torre.

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