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55K petitions demand justice in shooting death of Keegan Roberts

Petitions delivered after State Attorney's Office rules no charges to be filed

Photo of Keegan Roberts on image of petitions being delivered to State Attorney's Office
Photo of Keegan Roberts on image of petitions being delivered to State Attorney's Office

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On Wednesday, 55,000 signed petitions, calling for an arrest in the shooting death of Keegan Roberts, were delivered to the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville.

Color for Change, Jacksonville Community Action Committee and members of Roberts' family came together to drop off the boxes of petitions. 

Roberts, 22, was shot and killed by a neighbor July 20 in the yard of his Southside home.

Last month, the State Attorney's Office's final disposition on the case ruled that no charges would be filed against the neighbor after concluding the shooter met the criteria for it to be considered a justifiable use of deadly force. 

Roberts’ mother, Cecilia Shepard, was there to help deliver the petitions. She said she not only wants justice for her son, but other shooting victims.

"We want justice in Jacksonville for people who have been killed," Shepard said. "Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters -- they want to know that they can walk the streets safely.”

State Attorney Melissa Nelson was not there to receive the petitions in person, but Roberts' supporters are hoping to get a response soon.


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