Family and friends honor Monroe man killed in armed robbery

Michael Robinson Jr. was killed and stuffed in the trunk of a car after an armed robbery July 29
Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 11:41 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - When a day went by and nobody heard from Michael Robinson Jr., his family knew something was wrong.

“When he went missing we knew something was wrong because that’s not like him,” said Adrian Harris, Robinson’s cousin.

The 23-year-old was murdered during an armed robbery July 29.

His body was found in the trunk of a car after Louisiana State Police stopped Michael Dewayne Mitchell, Jr., 18, for speeding. During the stop, police say they noticed the smell of marijuana. They say Mitchell admitted to smoking marijuana and a search of the vehicle was conducted.

When Robinson’s body was found, Mitchell admitted to the crime and now faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Family members say Robinson was set to graduate from Grambling State University this fall.

“He was planning on becoming a state trooper. He already had his application. He was getting ready to submit this week and he was looking to move and get an apartment in Dallas and start his life there,” said Harris.

On Tuesday, family and friends held a balloon release at Carroll High School in honor of Robinson.

Robinson’s cousin Adrian Harris says even though Michael’s killer is behind bars, it’s still a lose-lose situation.

“As a community we’ve been fighting hard to fight racial inequality with the Black Lives Matter movement and it just sucks when we lose a life to one of our own,” said Harris.

Harris says he knows it’ll be hard not having Michael around anymore, but he says he can rest easy knowing he’s in a better place.

“Mike was a very lively person and very positive so we’ve been trying for the most part to keep our heads up and pray because we know he’s in a better place and he’s no longer suffering,” said Harris.

Harris says Robinson and Mitchell knew each other.

A memorial to celebrate Michael’s life is set for Wednesday.

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