Benefit & Celebration of Life Event for Tony Robinson

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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 --- 4:46 p.m.

It's been about six weeks since the death of Tony Robinson Jr--the 19-year-old was fatally shot by Madison police officer Matt Kenny, after an altercation at an apartment on Williamson St.
The community is still efforting ways to heal from the incident and today friends and family of Tony Robinson gathered downtown to celebrate the young man's life.

At James Madison Park in Madison, Andrea Irwin stepped in front of the crowd, and choked back tears talking about her son, Tony Robinson Jr.

"We're trying to get to a point where we can be okay, and we're not there," said Irwin.

To bring the community together, the Robinson family held a benefit and a Celebration of Life event. There was music, dancing and poetry, all in memory of Tony.

"Today is all about love and happiness and celebrating my son, not about race, not about politics, it's all about celebrating the life my son had, and the energy he is now," said Irwin.

The Dane County district attorney is currently reviewing evidence and has not announced whether charges will be filed in Robinson's death. Irwin says it's been a difficult time of waiting.

"...Waiting, it's kind of like you know we don't have a choice, it's a hard process, but we try to deal with it as we can."

But as she waits, along with the entire family, she says the memory of her son, will live on through her words.

"I talk about my son all day everyday, and that's something i plan to do for the rest of my life, i wont forget, who my son was, and I'll talk about him like he's still here with me."