Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Friday, September 14, 2012

17-year old Kentucky boy shot and killed on city bus

Rico Robinson, Jr. age 17
In July, 17-year old Rico Robinson, Jr., was riding on the TARC city bus in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 23 when two young men boarded and shot him dead.  

A motive has not been released.  The suspects are in custody: Martin Keehn, 21, and Jeffrey Kingdon, 22.

A video of the shooting has just been released.

From an article:

Rico Robinson was just 17-years-old when he was shot in the head on a TARC bus last month. Instead of being angry, one of his closest friends has decided to try to do something small in hopes of making a big difference. 
It was on Facebook where Lynn Gullion learned of Robinson's death. "I just couldn't believe, it was just really hard for me to take, to understand," said Gullion. 
The two knew each other for nearly ten years, growing up in the Newburg Boys and Girls club. On July 23, Robinson's life was cut short after police said Martin Keehn, 21, and Jeffrey Kingdon, 22, got on the TARC bus at the intersection of Goldsmith Lane and Bardstown Road. Robinson was shot and the two suspects took off.  
"I wish things like this wouldn't happen," said Gullion. "I wish that we could just talk it out or find other ways to solve our problems instead of killing one another." 
It wasn't until two weeks later, Keehn and Kingdon were taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in Indianapolis. 
"I was really excited, I was glad that they got caught, but at the same time, that's not going to bring Rico back," said Gullion.  
So instead, the Northern Kentucky University student has decided to launch "Team Rico", a new initiative she hopes will raise awareness among her peers. 
"We're going to do different activities to redirect the violence," said Gullion.

Now on the same social network that brought her the devastating news, she plans to bring a message of hope, knowing that one person can make a difference. 
"I feel like if we don't get it together now than my generation is going to be gone," said Gullion. 
Gullion hopes to kick off "Team Rico" on his birthday in December. 



  1. He was my brother best friend. If you had a bad day then he would cheer you up.We think about you everyday.He is another beautiful angel in the sky. Spread your angel wings and FLY. Always be in our hearts. We love you and Miss you very much .You died so young.. We think about you everyday. Keep your family safe so much. Rest In Paradise Rico <3

  2. Lynn, thank you so much for your moving comment. Do you have any further information on Rico's death, such as the shooter's motivation?


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