Columbus' latest murder victim's family speaks out

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - Nineteen year-old Antonio Robinson wrote he had big dreams and a big purpose. But, all those dreams have been shattered after he was shot early Saturday morning.

Police had to break up the party Robinson and his cousins attended at Cream Club on 10th Avenue. The family says when they were leaving, they decided to speak to some girls and that made the boyfriends of those girls very angry.

Out of fear or retaliation the family asked News Leader 9 not to reveal their identity.

"Some girls were parked in the car next to them. They were just funning around and the guy was jealous…Maybe one of the girls in the car was his girlfriend and he said y'all trying to move up on my girl? [Antonio] said, 'No. It's not anything like that man'. Then [the suspect] said I'm going to shoot you," the victim's family member said.

Robinson and his cousins got into his Jeep Cherokee and left the club. The cousins told police by the time they noticed they were being followed but it was too late.

"Then they came out of nowhere just shooting. [They shot the] back glass all out. The bullet hit my baby in the head. It wasn't that serious for it to go that far," said a family member.

Witnesses who were driving down Brown Avenue that night say they noticed a tan SUV and a red Pontiac GT or Grand Am following the victim's Jeep.  Authorities say between 9 and 12 shots were fired at the victims' car.

Police found Robinson slumped over in his Jeep with a gunshot wound to the head. He died at The Medical Center Saturday afternoon.

Robinson family says he was planning on applying to Columbus State University.

Authorities are searching for four black males between the ages of 17 and 19. If you have any information on this case, call Columbus police at (706) 653-3400.

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