Tragedy in Trinidad: The search for justice
WTOP’s series on the murder of 13-year-old Alonzo Robinson in Trinidad in 2008 wraps up today with part three, and a plaintive cry from Robinson’s mother, Marcella.
“I think I’m officially in hell,” she says.
A jury trial in the case is due to start Tuesday.
wtop.com | Feb 28, 2011
The December 2008 arrests of Antonio McAllister and the Benton brothers allowed Lanier to bring some sense of closure to the Alonzo Robinson murder — a homicide overshadowed by controversial police checkpoints and now forgotten by many. “I promised the Trinidad community months ago that I would not stop until those responsible for Alonzo’s murder were brought to justice,” Lanier said when announcing the arrests of McAllister and Joshua Benton. For Marcella Robinson, though, there has been no closure. She cannot sleep. Loud noises scare her. Alcohol is an escape. She questions — over and over — what she could have done to save her young son’s life. Something. Anything. “It’s horrible,” she says. “I think I’m officially in hell.”