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Police Launch Investigation Into Death Of Connecticut Muffin Barista

Tamon Robinson, 27, died Wednesday after being hit by a police car April 12.

Customers, co-workers and passersby at the on Lafayette Avenue reacted to news of the death of a likeable and sociable employee this week.

Tamon Robinson, 27, was pronounced dead Wednesday after being hit by a patrol car near his home in Bayview Houses in Canarsie on April 12.

According to the New York Times, police recently launched an investigation into Robinson's injuries and later death, which occurred after the NYPD received a report of someone stealing paving stones at the public housing project.

Family and friends told The Times that Robinson had permission to take the stones. The police car hit Robinson as he ran towards his building, according to the report.

A customer at the popular Fort Greene coffeeshop, Erick Alexander, said Robinson's death was another reminder of the dangers facing African-American young men, including his own 23-year-old son, who lives in Bed-Stuy. 

"Every time he goes out, I worry," Alexander said. "Even though he stays out of trouble, I don't know what circumstances he is going to find himself in, whether it's a case of mistaken identity or what have you."

Employees at the shop referred questions about Robinson to the store's manager, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

However, a makeshift memorial outside the coffeeshop served as a testament to the effect Robinson had on friends, co-workers and customers (a list that includes ).

"If love alone could have saved you/you would never had died," read a message signed by Natalie. "A heart of gold stopped beating/two twinking eyes closed to rest/God broke our hearts to prove he only takes the best."

Darryl April 22, 2012 at 01:37 PM
So sad...a young man stays out of trouble (just like we demand, against terribly unfair odds) and then those we pay to "protect and serve" take his life anyway. My heart goes out to his family and my cupcakes will always taste a little more bitter now. What a loss.
Joe Gonzalez April 23, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Was the driver tested for alcohol?
Paul Leonard (Editor) April 23, 2012 at 03:03 PM
That will be a part of the investigation, our sources tell us. In the words of Brooklyn attorney Sanford Rubenstein, who is representing the family in a possible lawsult: "I don’t know how we go from someone being chased by the police to someone being run over and killed."

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