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Police: Teen's killer still on the loose

By John Craven
Published On: Oct 22 2011 08:23:09 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 24 2011 05:45:06 AM CDT

Relatives say Allentown's latest murder victim was an aspiring rapper working two jobs to make his dreams come true. Those dreams ended early Saturday morning, when 19-year-old Devon Robinson was shot to death at the Sunoco A-Plus Mini-Market at 12th and Hamilton streets.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Police are still searching for the shooter who gunned down a aspiring rapper in Allentown.

Authorities told 69 News on Sunday that there are no new developments to report after Devon Robinson, 19, was shot to death a day earlier.

Relatives said Robinson was an aspiring rapper working two jobs to make his dreams come true. 

Those dreams ended early Saturday morning, when Robinson was shot dead at the Sunoco A-Plus Mini-Market at 12th and Hamilton streets.  It’s yet another tragedy for Robinson's family; his father was murdered 11 years ago.

"For him to go like he did, is the worst thing in the world," said Robinson's grandmother, Phyllis Mason.

Mason is no stranger to tragedy.  However, the murder of her grandson, who would have turned 20 in two weeks, has left her stunned.

"He had a heart as big as this room," she said.  "His heart was overflowing for people."

Devon also had dreams of becoming a rapper.  His dreams were starting to come together.  Robinson, who went by the stage name "Daze Dysh," was scheduled to play New York's legendary Webster Hall the day after his birthday.

Mason said her grandson was recording at a studio near the convenience store early Saturday morning, when a friend got into a scuffle with someone at the store.  She said Robinson apparently went to help.

"And when [Robinson] went to help him, that's when they said the guy and him got into a scuffle," Mason said.  "And the next thing they know, the guy went in his pocket, pulled out a gun, and shot him."

Allentown's assistant police chief, Joe Hanna, said there were many witnesses.  The store also has surveillance cameras, but it's not clear if they captured the shooting.  Store employees would not comment on the shooting.

"We are continuing to debrief people to try to ascertain the facts and circumstances surrounding the shooting," Hanna said.

Robinson's father was also shot to death in January 2000 in Buffalo, N.Y.

On the music website Reverb Nation, Devon Robinson wrote, "This little Town I’m in doesn’t have anything for me but a Jail or death, and I’m not trying to see none of those two."

Robinson was a recent Liberty High graduate, and played for the school's football team.  His grandmother hoped others would learn from her loss.

"Love instead of just doing things that are in the spur of the moment without even thinking, taking another person's life," she said, through tears.  "They have family."

Robinson's family has scheduled a candlelight vigil for him at 8 p.m. Saturday.  Friends have also set up a memorial page on Facebook, with several hundred members already joined.