Family, friends remember man killed in deputy custody, say it's time for justice

Family, friends remember man killed in deputy custody, say it's time for justice
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JEFFERSON, LA (WVUE) - Family and friends in Jefferson Parish said their final goodbyes to Keevan Robinson Saturday morning.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating his death as a homicide after he died in police custody, May 10.

Hundreds of family and friends packed Marine Baptist Church to celebrate 22-year-old Robinson's life.

"Keeven was a great person. He did anything for everybody. I don't understand why this happened to him," Robinson's sister, Dijone Jackson said.

Robinson died after being taken into a custody following a chase by undercover narcotics detectives at Labarre Road and Jefferson Highway.

"I actually was getting gas at the Shell station and I seen him coming out of the store. He came out of the store, he got into the car and a lot of undercover cars was rolling up on him," Robinson's friend, Chris Stanley said.

Sheriff Joe Lopinto said he stopped breathing after a struggle with deputies, and that his long history of asthma may have contributed to his death.

"He just pulled out real real fast like he was going to do a high speed chase or something but you know, he was scared he didn't know what to do," Stanley said.

However, the Coroner's Office said Robinson died of  'compressional' asphyxia caused by someone else.

During the service, speakers shared fond memories of Robinson.

"Keeven was a very sweet loving person. He would do anything for you. He did everything that he can do for you," Kerion Tate said.

"Very outgoing person, good sportsmanship, very friendly. Friendly to everybody, nice to everybody, kind to everybody," Tate said.

Many repeated, his death will not be in vain.

"ENUF is Enough. This is our slogan, and the family, we support the family 100% and we want systemic change, systematic change. I had asked the Sheriff to suspend sting operations because here in Jefferson Parish, they have no body cams," ENUF is Enough Founder John Henderson said.

Robinson's father led the procession as the hearse drove away.

"My prayers goes out to the family, you know, it's hard burying a child. Especially to the mother, you know the children are supposed to bury their parents, the parents not supposed to bury their child," Stanley said.

The four narcotics detectives involved in Robsinson's death are reassigned to administrative duty.

Henderson said they will be meeting with Sheriff Lopinto on May 29 to discuss policies for change.

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