Man charged in road-rage killing of incoming JU student
Bianca Roberson shot in head while driving in suburban Philadelphia
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An arrest was made Sunday in the case of an 18-year-old honors student killed Wednesday afternoon in what police in Pennsylvania described as a road rage shooting.
The slain student, Bianca Roberson, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, had planned on moving from Pennsylvania to Jacksonville later this year to attend college.
David Desper, 28, of Trainer, Pennsylvania, turned himself in Sunday and has been charged with murdering Roberson, who was shot in the head by Desper as they both tried to merge into the same lane outside Philadelphia. Roberson's pickup truck was found in a nearby ditch.
"She was a good girl -- (an) honor roll student looking forward to going to college," said her father, Rodney Roberson.
She was planning to attend Jacksonville University, which released a statement, saying:
We are grateful to learn of one small measure of closure with an arrest in the untimely and tragic loss of one of our incoming freshmen, Bianca Nikol Roberson, 18, of West Chester, Pa. The University is working on plans to memorialize Ms. Roberson and should have an updated announcement in the coming week. Our thoughts and prayers remain with her parents, family and friends as they deal with their grief from this terribly sad and senseless tragedy.
The family has created a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses. There was a vigil scheduled for Friday night in Roberson's hometown.
Thanks to the effort of our investigators and the support of the local community Bianca's killer is in custody and charged with murder. pic.twitter.com/R0A36q93yH— WestGoshenPD (@WestGoshenPD) July 2, 2017
According to the West Chester area school district, funeral services for Roberson will be Friday at St. Paul's Baptist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and the service will begin at 11 a.m.
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