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Warren vigil urges peace in wake of shooting death

Published: Mon, October 28, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Dad: Victim said act was tied to killing by police

  Vigil For Murder Victim

A candlelight vigil for Warren murder victim Richard Rollison lV was held tonight.

A candlelight vigil for Warren murder victim Richard Rollison lV was held tonight.

By Ed Runyan




Richard Rollison III of Warren says his son, Richard Rollison IV, 24, told him and police that the man who shot him six times early Saturday was doing it in retaliation for the death of Taemarr Walker a week ago.

His son named the person who shot him six times at the Sunoco gas station at 805 W. Market St. early Saturday, but the elder Rollison declined to pub- licly identify the person.

Addressing about 100 family members and friends who had gathered Sunday for a candlelight vigil in the front yard of his Southern Boulevard Northwest home, Rollison, 55, asked that his son’s death be a lesson, and that it not inspire another unnecessary killing in retaliation.

“Once you take somebody’s life, you can’t give it back,” he said. “Learn from this, and love each other, and put those guns down.”

Warren police could not be reached Sunday to be asked whether they believe the Walker killing and the Rollison slaying are related.

Walker, 24, died after being shot by a Warren police officer on Risher Road Southwest at 1:50 a.m. Oct. 19. Police said Patrolman Mike Krafcik was attending to an abandoned car in the ditch when Walker’s car came east on Risher and went into the opposite ditch.

Krafcik said on the dash-cam video of another officer that he saw Walker inside the car after it went into the ditch, saw a rifle in the back of the car with him, then saw Walker pulling a handgun out from under the front seat of the car.

Warren Township police said two relatives of Walker’s went to the J&L Club on Highland Avenue and started a fight with people who were there celebrating at a private party about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

The two Walker relatives accused the people at the tavern of celebrating Walker’s death. There was a fistfight that moved into the parking lot, then gunfire, but no one was injured from the gunfire, Warren Township Police Chief Don Bishop said. Officers collected six spent .45-caliber shell casings from the parking lot.

When asked why anyone would retaliate against his son for the Walker killing, Richard Rollison III said he was told his son was not the intended target.

“They were after someone else,” the elder Rollison said. “It was a senseless thing.”

The elder Rollison said his son was shot about 1:30 a.m. He got a call and arrived about 20 minutes later and was able to talk to his son, along with police, before his son was taken to the hospital. His son went to St. Joseph Health Center in Warren first, then to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, where he died at 4:58 a.m.

21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, reported that the car Rollison was in was stolen while he was lying on the ground bleeding.

“My son was a good person. He never did anything to nobody,” the elder Rollison said, adding that the younger Rollison has a 2-year-old son, Richard Rollison V, and that his son’s girlfriend is pregnant.

Holding a candle during Sunday’s vigil, Brittany Washington, 26, of Warren said she couldn’t believe it when she found out that “kind-hearted, friendly-to-everybody, always-smiling” Richard Rollison IV had been killed. Washington knew him from Warren G. Harding High School.

“Richie was a good person,” she said. “He didn’t deserve that.”

The elder Rollison expressed, too, that he’s dismayed by the violence among young people. He added that his son’s death has torn his world apart, and that he’s still trying to understand why something like this could happen to “his baby.”

“These kids need to stop all the violence. Life’s too short,” he said. “You break your parents’ hearts doing this. It just needs to stop.”

Joe Bland, a family friend, spoke during the vigil and echoed Rollison’s words, calling for peace in the city of Warren and elsewhere.

He emphasized that “enough is enough,” explaining that it’s easy to take a gun and kill, but that it requires far more strength and courage to “talk about what went wrong.” Retaliation for the younger Rollison’s death is not the answer.

“Whatever might be in your mind to do, put it on hold. It’ll take your life, whether you go to jail or get killed yourself,” Bland said. “We can’t keep killing one another.”

Richard Rollison IV was sentenced to two years in prison Sept. 20, 2011, for a probation violation on a 2007 conviction for complicity to burglary. He was released from prison Sept. 29, 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website.


1SemiRetired100(25 comments)posted 11 months ago

So much for Rollison Sr. stating that his son was a "good person and that he never did anything to nobody". Lets see, a stolen car that he was in and just released from prison from a burglary conviction. Certainly qualifies for sainthood.

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2mlamar(12 comments)posted 11 months ago

Just to clarify...Someone stole the young mans car from him as he lay dying.

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3mlamar(12 comments)posted 11 months ago

Our mistakes like.....allowing ourselves to be stolen from our homeland. Then forcibly raped and tortured, hanged, castrated, lynched and separated from our families, language, and culture. All while working under the worst possible conditions for no wages. Given no access to education or any other himan rights enjoyed by the 'real citizens'. Then mistakenly allowing this injustice to be visited upon us for only 400 plus years. The nerve of us to not then be able to grab our bootsraps and correct these errors after being "set free" with no provisions and told to go out there now people and make your way. Shame on us for not being able to overcome the Klan, Jim Crow, and no access to the voting booth till the sixtys. Yeah, tell us to fix it...............its just that easy........

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4cmack1971(1 comment)posted 11 months ago

Some pepole just cant read,lol,but yeah other than that im sure wasnt up to no good out at 130am

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5redvert(2064 comments)posted 11 months ago

mlamar, correction, your ancestors were not stolen from their homeland, they were sold by their own tribal chieftains to the Arab slave traders. Kinda ignored that part didn't you?

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6RobX(59 comments)posted 11 months ago


Yeah, slavery's a bad thing. But it's been there throughout history, and its not been just whites making blacks into slaves. Romans enslaved Gauls, Navajos enslaved Hopis, Persians enslaved Greeks and black Africans enslaved other black Africans and sold them to Europeans. Theres millions of examples.

The Gauls, Hopis, Greeks and others got past it. You gotta get past it too. It doesn't matter how bad your history was 400 years ago. It doesn't matter how bad your upbringing was 40 years ago. At some point, you gotta take responsibility for YOURSELF and deal with your life.

I know plenty of black people who have done that. They're doing well not shooting up neighborhoods at 2 AM.

Quit the excuses.

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7kurtw(855 comments)posted 11 months ago

There's a lot of black people in this country who have done extremely well- including our President and his wife and the formula for success is always the same- Get an Education- Work Hard- and, most importantly, don't have children outside of wedlock. It's not that complicated- It's a formula and it applies to every group of people- Black, White, Purple- it's a Formula- and it works.

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8Honesty43(1 comment)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Living a life in the streets will make it more likely for one to be murdered. I have a 23 year old niece that OD because she was "living the life". I looked up his father and him on mugshotsonline.com. Richard the III was charged with Assault and domestic violence in 2003. Then I checked out the young mans FB page. Just like in the case of my niece; his FB page is vile and nasty. He was just following his father's example in life. Did he deserve to be gunned down? NO WAY. But I am tired of family members thinking that their loved one was a saint when he was not and neither was my niece. If anything Let the young people see how important it is to live your life for Christ and stay out of the streets. Your life will show others if you are truly SAVED. Continual "gang banging" and "drug use" is not a sign of a person being born again. My niece left behind two young children also. This post is about the truth and stop lying to ourselves.

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9kurtw(855 comments)posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Anything you can do to anchor your life to values that are solid and that work- is valid- and religion is one of those anchors.

We shouldn't forget that the Black Civil Rights Movement was an outgrowth of Black Churches. BET, Rap and Hip Hop- just don't cut it.

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