A Pennsylvania man is in custody for what a prosecutor called the "savage" and "senseless" death of a recent high school graduate shot in the head during a road-rage confrontation as the two tried to merge in a single lane.
The 18-year-old girl killed in a road rage incident last Wednesday was to be laid to rest this morning at St. Paul's Baptist Church in West Chester, according to a report by the Associated Press.
After Roberson was shot, her auto veered off the road, struck a tree and was found in a ditch. Wreaths of purple and white flowers dotted the church, and photographs of a smiling Bianca Roberson were never out of sight.
"We got a crucial piece of evidence from Bianca herself, because the round recovered from her was reviewed by a forensic ballistics expert who told us that that round came from a 40-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun", Hogan said. "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'".
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Police said 28-year-old David Desper, of Trainer, turned himself in for the shooting. His attorney declined to comment on the charges. The shooter fled in a red pickup, driving partly along the shoulder of the highway until exiting the road.
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 hard teacher during her freshman year.
Desper had a permit to carry the gun, which he purchased in November 2015, Hogan said.