ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas teen killed during last week’s bizarre high-speed accident and shooting is being remembered for his optimistic spirit.
Clarance “CJ” Robinson, 18, died last Wednesday. Arlington Police say the teen was shot and killed following a complex, deadly crash that ended with a spat of gunfire.
On Sunday evening, the teen’s friends and family held a tribute in his memory. They gathered with heavy hearts and fond memories.
Friends, co-workers and family members packed an Arlington sandwich shop where Robinson once worked.
The charismatic teen with a winning smile and encouraging words was shot and killed. Investigators say Arlington resident Thomas Harper, 27, shot Robinson after causing a deadly accident on North Collins St.
“My brother, he really touched a lot of lives,” sister Jammie Pinion said. “He loved everyone he came in contact with.”
Robinson’s impact was evident in the turnout: Just about everyone in attendance fought back tears. Many attendees had a blue ribbon attached to his or her shirts in the teen’s honor. Blue was Robinson’s favorite color.
“I never thought I would see the day that I would out live him,” sister Makita Pinion said. ‘He was a good person and he didn’t deserve it.”
Yet, the night would be reserved to celebrate the life Robinson lived and to honor his spirit.
“If you ever get down in the slumps, and if you’ve met my brother, remember the time he made you laugh or he gave you some words of encouragement,” Pinion said.
“When you think of my brother, think of all the happy thoughts – anything he ever did to make you or anyone happy.”