The family and friends of Bianca Roberson, the 18 year old that was gunned down in a road rage incident June 28, 2017 in West Chester, PA.
Her parents stood teary-eyed Friday as mourners held two folded tapestries in front of them at the end of their daughter’s funeral on Friday, July 7, 2017.
The sight of a sewn image of 18-year-old Bianca Roberson smiling and holding a red rose was too much for her mother, Michelle, who collapsed face-down into her husband’s arms. She sobbed as a man wrapped the cloth around her shoulders.
Roberson and another driver engaged in what police called a high-speed “cat-and-mouse game” as they tried to merge into a single highway lane. It ended with Roberson being shot in the head.
Her car then veered off the road and struck a tree before settling in a ditch. The shooter fled along the shoulder of the highway in a red pickup truck but was arrested Sunday.
Police said 28-year-old David Desper, of Trainer, turned himself in for the shooting. He was charged with first- and third-degree murder. His preliminary hearing is set for July 13, 2017.
Speakers talked about Roberson’s contagious smile, how excited she was to start college at Florida’s Jacksonville University in the fall and her goal of becoming a forensic agent in the FBI.
“We might have lost her in a physical form, but all those memories we have, everything we shared with her, that will never leave us,” her brother Rodney Roberson Jr. said. “That will always be in our hearts, always be in our souls.”
Devin Williams, one of Roberson’s best friends and a grade below her at Bayard Rustin High School, cried at the funeral as she described how Roberson helped her deal with a difficult teacher during her freshman year.
“I was texting Bianca, and about three minutes later, she shows up at the door and walks into the classroom,” Williams recalled. “When my teacher asked her where she was supposed to be, she sat down next to me, put her arm around me and said, ‘Right here.’”