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Preparing for goodbyes: Robinson family plans funeral services for Tony

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Family, friends and supports will gather tomorrow to remember the life of a man fatally shot by a Madison police officer one week ago today. The funeral for Tony Robinson will be held at Madison East High School. If you plan to go, the Robinson family has a request for you.

"We want to try to leave the protests at the door. As you enter East High School, we just wnat it to be about Terrell," said

That, simply put, was the message Tony Robinson's family delivered Friday in Madison, in preparation for Robinson's funeral Saturday.

Robinson was shot dead last Friday night by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny.

That action has spawned protests from two camps, supporters for Robinson and against the shooting -- and supporters for police officers.

Officer Kenny told investigators Robinson struck him in the head, prompting the officer to shoot.

"While we understand the midst of the protests, a lot of people are upset about what happened -- including us. But we want this to be about a celebration of Terrell/Tony's life and not necessarily about the issues it raises," said Turin Carter, Robinson's uncle.

The family is asking there be no protests in and around the funeral. No signs. No chanting. The family says there are rumors of plans for pro-police protests -- but Robinson's mom, Andrea Irwin, says just wait.

"I can't have a day where I'm trying to say goodbye to my son turn into something full of violence and hate and turn into a remembrance of the way he was taken from me," said Irwin.

Robinson's uncle says he wants the funeral at Madison East High School to be filled with people there to show love and support, and to celebrate Robinson's life.

"Honestly, the more people that come to show respect, the better we feel as a result," said Carter.

The service for Tony Robinson is Saturday, March 14th, at Madison East High School with the visitation from 2 - 3:30 p.m., followed by the funeral at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is leading the investigation into the shooting. It expects to be done with about 80% of its investigation within two weeks.


  • sandi

    Exactly. Give them a daynof peace. Jennifer Epps Addison, I’m talking to you. Stop using his death to spread your message. Shameful.

      • jamesadawson2014

        Tony Robinson was not the innocent child that his supporters are making him out to be. You can publish his innocent high school graduation photos and statements from his family that he was gentle and loving but none of that erases the truth about him.

        He was a convicted armed robber who should have been doing hard time but a judge released him back to the streets where he was again causing problems. Jumping into traffic and assaulting another man. Inncocent? Not the truth.

        Did he attack the officer who came into the apartment? Let the investigation reveal the truth.

  • dylan

    If indeed it is found Tony attck the officer.. end of story.. lesson learned,, a hard lesson but this type of behavior can result in great harm and or loss of your life.. parents teach your children… when young

  • Richard G Lund

    It is always sad when anyone, even a violent and dangerous person, is killed. There is justifiable and/or accidental deaths, and this is one of those. Having lived in Madison, I know who protest-happy people can be. Too much time. Too much hate and paranoia on their hands. White, black, or other, people get off on drawing attention to themselves by protesting. Madison is “the city of the perpetually offended,” as one friend who still lives there once told me. She’s right.

  • bill thomas

    Tony 4Robinson was a white man and a violent convicted felon. He attacked a police officer and his white mother should be horribly ashamed of his criminal behavior.

  • Petey

    In fact, he was a convicted armed robber.

    So, what do we find in The Smoking Gun post that was left absent from the NBC piece? As we did with the NBC piece, let’s start with the lede:

    The unarmed Wisconsin teenager who was shot to death last night during a confrontation with a Madison cop pleaded guilty last year to armed robbery and recently began serving a three-year probation term for that felony conviction, court records show.

    Oh and the other minor detail NBC did not see fit to report: Robinson bashed Kenny in the head, knocking him to the ground, and engaging in a struggle.

    According to police, an officer responded Friday to a 911 call about a man who had assaulted a victim and was dodging cars in traffic. The cop followed the suspect into a nearby apartment, where the man allegedly struck the officer in the head, knocking him to the ground. During an ensuing struggle, patrolman Matt Kenny fatally shot the suspect.

    This is hardcore proof that the mainstream media simply cannot be trusted to report critical, easily available facts about controversial incidents — particularly ones that involve race.

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