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Keegan RobertsKeegan Von Roberts
#Justice4Keegan, Jacksonville, FL

"We represent Keegan Roberts’s family. On July 20, 2017, Keegan Roberts’s neighbor, Michael Centanni, continued to harass Keegan and his family by leaving notes on his car. On this day, Centanni was harassing his neighbor over litter or debris in his yard. He previously had shouted at his neighbors, using hate words like the n-word and s-word (describing his Hispanic in-laws).

Keegan Roberts left the residence to go on a date with his pregnant wife, Eliany Roberts. Upon return about midnight, they were sitting in the car in their driveway when a person, later identified as the aforementioned neighbor, Michael Centanni, engaged in an act of aggression upon Mr. Roberts or his vehicle, causing him to exit his vehicle. Mr. Roberts was shot three to four times by Michael Centanni. He died on the scene.

It is our understanding Michael Centanni claims Mr. Roberts aimed a gun in his direction. Although we dispute a gun was ever pointed at Michael Centanni, Mr. Roberts was on his own property and had a right to defend his property, his person and his nearby pregnant wife from aggression and harm. Further, if Mr. Roberts indeed was armed, evidence showed he never fired despite Centanni having a chance to pull out his gun, chamber a round and fire multiple shots. Keegan also had a valid concealed weapons permit.

Centanni was never arrested and apparently has left town. [He has since come back and sent the police to harass Keegan's family.] We have since learned that he was ex-military and had weapons training. The State Attorney cannot answer whether he applied to or was seeking employment with JSO. Keegan’s pregnant wife lost her baby this week, after 5 months of carrying her, due to the stress."  -- Keegan Roberts Update  8/16/2017 John M Phillips, Esq.

The name of the baby who died is Elioenai Keevon Roberts. 

"As the family lawyer, this is an important case and important precedent which needs to be set. You cannot leave the safety of your home with a loaded firearm, cross the street to your neighbor’s property, bang on his car door, start a confrontation and shoot your way out of it. It’s not self defense or stand your ground." -- John M Phillips, Esq.

Roberts/Centanni Disposition FINAL, State Attorney Melissa Nelson

A disposition report released by the State Attorney's Office found the evidence in the case supported Centanni's self-defense claim.

News4Jax files a biased article where they fail to even mention that the dispute took place on Keegan's property, in his own driveway.

No charges to be filed in shooting death of Keegan Roberts  10/3/2017 New4Jax: "According to the disposition, the shooter approached Roberts after leaving the note, Roberts exited the SUV and that's when the shooter says Roberts pointed a gun at him. The neighbor then pulled out his gun and shot three times, killing Roberts."

Petition to State Attorney Melissa Nelson, prior to her final report

To: FL State Attorney Melissa Nelson - Justice for Keegan  9/19/2017 Color of Change:

Michael Centanni IVtop

Michael Centanni Voter ID: 124227213 | Status: Active  [from Florida's voter database]
Born: November 25, 1990
Party Affiliation: Republican
CENTANNI MICHAEL IV  [from COJ property database]
purchased on 7/2/2014 for $40,000.00

Contacts to press for charges to be filed

Prosecutor Thomas Magion Is assigned to the case of Keegan Roberts: 904.255.2843

State Attorney Melissa Nelson
We will demand that Michael J. Centanni IV be brought to justice in the murder of Keegan Roberts!!!
Email: Office: 904 255 3002
Fax: 904-255-3061

Sheriff Mike Williams
We will demand that Michael J. Centanni IV be brought to justice in the murder of Keegan Roberts!!!
Office 904-630-2229


International Repercussionstop

In the comments to the well done video by AJ+, we find this from Israel:

Avichae comment

According to his Facebook page, Roman is:

member of counter-terrorism units at Mista'arvim
Comandante en jefe at Military Intelligence Directorate
Infantry Operations Specialist at Sayeret Matkal
Intelligence officer at Mossad
Former Commander at Shin Bet
Worked at IDF
Lives in Jerusalem, Israel

If you go to his page Roman Avichae Zionist Movement, distinct from his personal page, you will see: "Roman is one of the biggest leaders of zionism he will change the world as we know it." 

There are those who say he does not have the right to comment on the Keegan case. Given the widespread practice of US police departments going to Israel to receive militarized counterinsurgency training to manage certain US neighborhoods, it is in all of our interest to understand the type of training US police is getting.

Israel Security Forces Are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses  9/15/2017 The Interceot: "“The focus of this training is on riot suppression, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism — all of which are essentially irrelevant or should be irrelevant to the vast majority of police departments,” he added. “They shouldn’t be suppressing protest, they shouldn’t be engaging in counterinsurgency, and almost none of them face any real threat from terrorism.”

Page maintained by Mike Perez, Miami


Keegan RobertsVideo: FL Man Shoots Black Neighbour  11/30/2017 AJ+: "This black man's white neighbor shot and killed him in a littering dispute. His family is calling for justice."

Morning Vigil for #JusticeForKeegan and Michael Centanni called the police.  11/10/2017 Jacksonville Community Action Committee: "Anything we can do for you guys? YEAH, ARREST MICHAEL CENTANNI"

Vigil held for Keegan Roberts  10/21/2017 News4Jax: [refusal to name Michael Centanni.] "The family members of Roberts were passing out flyers calling for State Attorney Melissa Nelson to review the case again. Police said Roberts' neighbor, who News4Jax is not naming because he hasn't been charged with a crime, shot Roberts after some type of dispute between the two."

VIGIL FOR KEEGAN VON ROBERTS CALLS FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY COUNCIL  10/21/2017 First Coast News: "Despite prosecutors calling it an odd decision to confront a neighbor about trash at midnight, the State Attorney's office called the killing justified, a decision Von Roberts' family and supporters strongly disagree with. Many in the crowd saying they believe race was a factor in the decision and calling on the city to create a police accountability council so that a panel of citizens can look into such decisions."

Prosecutors release report in Keegan Roberts shooting death  10/4/2017 First Coast News: "The family of a man killed by his neighbor during a dispute over trash say they are frustrated that no criminal charges were filed."

No charges to be filed in shooting death of Keegan Roberts  10/3/2017 New4Jax: "According to the disposition, the shooter approached Roberts [in Robert's own driveway] after leaving the note, Roberts exited the SUV and that's when the shooter says Roberts pointed a gun at him. The neighbor then pulled out his gun and shot three times, killing Roberts."

Decision not to file charges in Keegan Robert's death brings disappointment, mistrust  10/3/2017 First Coast News: "He said even if the family fails to have their day in a criminal court, this does not preclude their right to file a civil lawsuit against their neighbor. The burden is a lot lower in civil cases."

Jacksonville demands justice for Vernell Bing and Keegan Roberts  9/24/2017 Fight Back!: ""We are continuing to sign up and talk to members of the community about why we need real police accountability and why community control is necessary," said Monique Williamson of University of North Florida Students for Democratic Society and the JCAC. "It's gonna take a movement of the people to bring the radical change we want but we know the people united will never be defeated."

Community group calls for justice in shooting deaths of 2 Jacksonville men  9/20/2017 News 4 Jax: "The group also called the shooting death of Keegan Roberts unjust. Police said Roberts was shot and killed by a neighbor in July, but no arrest has been made. Roberts' mother, Cecilia Shephard, told News4Jax she'll keep fighting until that changes and she gets justice."

To: FL State Attorney Melissa Nelson - Justice for Keegan  9/19/2017 Color of Change: "My 22-year-old son Keegan Von Roberts was murdered by our racist neighbor, Michael Centanni, three months ago and the police have done nothing. We need your help to bring forth charges."

Group voices opposition to proposal for 100 new JSO officers  9/4/2017 News4Jax: "A woman whose son was killed in July in Jacksonville said she opposes more officers as well. Though officers did not kill Keegan Roberts, his mother said that she blames police for not arresting the killer."

Jacksonville community rallies for #Justice4Keegan  9/3/2017 Fight Back News: ""In 2012, we saw a racist vigilante in George Zimmerman murder Trayvon Martin, with the injustice system doing nothing to get justice and it took a people’s movement to see Zimmerman arrested for his crimes and it's gonna take a similar movement here to see Centanni arrested." said Michael Sampson of the Jacksonville Community Action Committee (JCAC)."

Keegan Robert's mother and wife share about his death  9/2/2017 Facebook: "Listen to Keegan Robert's mother and wife share about his death. This is our neighbor/community member. Another mother without a son and wife without a husband. His wife did not share but she lost her baby she was carrying after her husband's death. The murderer, michael centanni IV, is on vacation. Never did a day in jail. Our State Attorney Melissa Nelson needs to charge him with murder. Please call State Attorney Melissa Nelson (904-255-2500) and ask her why this young man's murderer is still living across the street with NO CHARGES FILED. We will not rest until there's #Justice4Keegan!"

Family demands charges filed in deadly neighbor dispute  8/16/2017 News4Jax: "No arrests have been made. According to investigators, the man who shot Roberts is claiming self-defense and he said Roberts pulled out a gun. But Roberts' widow said the gun never left her husband's waistband."

Keegan Roberts Update  8/16/2017 John M Phillips: "Yesterday, the family and I met with Melissa Nelson (State Attorney), Mac Heavener (Chief Assistant State Attorney), Octavius Holliday (ASA, head of human rights division), Alan Mizrahi (Homicide Chief), Tim Quick (Chief Investigator), Karl Harms (Victim Advocate) and Tom Mangan (ASA assigned to the case). It was an emotional meeting."

Family of man killed last month pushing for justice  8/6/2017 News4Jax: "Police said Roberts got into a heated confrontation with his neighbor before that man pulled a gun and shot him. Still, the neighbor remains a free man. "I guess it's 'stand your ground.' I guess you can now stand on a sidewalk and fire off shots at people if you feel threatened. He left the safety of his home and came to my son. I have a very passive son. He is non-violent," Shepard said."

Rally held for Jacksonville man shot, killed by neighbor during dispute  8/5/2017 Action News Jax: "The victim’s wife, Eliany Diaz Roberts, and his mom, Cecillia Shepard, tell us Keegan was confronted by a neighbor who pulled the trigger on their loved one. “I want this man arrested, he’s walking around and when my daughter-in-law walks outside and she has to look at him over there laughing,” said Shepard."

Rally for Keegan Roberts  8/5/2017 News4Jax: video

Young father fatally shot by neighbor, police say  7/20/2017 News4Jax: "Keegan Von Roberts died after a shooting just after midnight on Peach Street, south of Beach Boulevard. Police said it happened when an ongoing dispute escalated. Homicide detectives questioned the man they believe fired the shot and later released him. They said the case has been referred to the State Attorney's Office."

Links/Enlaces top

Facebook Justice4Keegan

Law Office of John M Phillips, representing the Roberts family

Jacksonville Community Action Committee Ron Davis is the father of Jordan Davis, whose white supremacist killer got life + 90 years for 1st degree murder in another Jacksonville Stand Your Ground case. - supporter and family friend - supporter and family friend


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