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14-year-old brutally murders mother because she wouldn’t let him join gang

posted at 2:20 pm on February 28, 2012 by

Joshua Smith, 14, was at one of life’s crossroads. His mother, Tamiko Robinson, fought hard to keep the Detroit teen on the straight and narrow. Members of a local gang in their twenties pressured him to live life as they did, on the edge.

Early Monday, Joshua made his decision. According to the Mail Online, he entered his stepfather’s room, got hold of a 12-gauge shotgun, and pumped at least ten rounds into his sleeping mother. The execution, carried out gangland style, was a clear and unambiguous message. It speaks volumes about two lives, destroyed in an instant.

The youth’s uncle, LeShaun Roberts, told FOX News Detroit that the child and his mother, who was battling lupus, were constantly at loggerheads over which path his life would take. She wanted him to stay in school and plan his future. He saw her efforts as intrusive.

The uncle told reporters:

[Joshua] said his mother won’t let him have friends. He said his mother won’t let him bring his girlfriends over, his mother won’t let him stay out until 11 o’clock at night. He’s 14 years old.

Tamiko Robinson’s five-year-old daughter and fiancé were in the home when the shooting began. The two jumped out of a window to avoid becoming targets. The little girl reportedly later asked relatives, “Why would someone want to hurt mommy?”

Smith was arrested soon after the shooting. Police found him driving around in his mother’s car.

But it looks as though he will get his wish. Most prisons populations nowadays are heavily represented by all the popular gangs.

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This is your legacy President Johnson.

tom daschle concerned on February 28, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Detroit: Fallujah West.

Joe Mama on February 28, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Stepfather sleeping with the daughter (see original article), unmarried mom with two kids , gang culture, 10 (TEN!!!!) shots from a 12 gauge meaning he had to reload multiple times, pure violence and murder.

I don’t think we are talking about the Amish here.

Bulletchaser on February 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Bulletchaser

I noticed the same thing.. Jr. Psychopath here. (Unless there are a lot more Russian shotguns around, than one has noticed.)

CrazyGene on February 28, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Stepfather sleeping with the daughter (see original article), unmarried mom with two kids , gang culture, 10 (TEN!!!!) shots from a 12 gauge meaning he had to reload multiple times, pure violence and murder.

I don’t think we are talking about the Amish here.

Bulletchaser on February 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM

His mother’s efforts to keep him on the straight-and-narrow certainly do seem to have been doomed from the start, neh?

gryphon202 on February 28, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Bless the mothers heart. She did seem to try to help her kid, but the kid seems too far gone to help? The sad fact, some judge will put him in detention or a slap on the hand for this horrid act because he is a ‘kid’? The same thing the judge did with those kids who pushed a shopping cart over to rail to hit a lady, nothing much happened. Stories like this breaks my heart.
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letget on February 28, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Well, he can join a gang in prison. I guess he wins.

mchristian on February 28, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Rope. Tree. Murderous punk.

Some assembly required.

MelonCollie on February 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

The Mail, huh? I wonder what kind of tratment the story got locally, if at all…

Jorge Bonilla on February 28, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Only a lad. Society made him./

fadetogray on February 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Rope. Tree. Murderous punk.

Some assembly required.

MelonCollie on February 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Sadly, while I understand the anger (believe me I do), considering the people involved, that’s the wrong message to post on a board like this: it’s just red meat for the HuffPost/Kos Kids pinheads to label everyone racist.

That being said, if this…citizen…is not incarcerated for the next 50 years, then we can honestly claim the system is broke.

Sadly, Michigan, for all the slogans, etc is as close to a lost cause since NYC in the 1970′s. We’ve abdicated damn near everything decent there…

…and when you consider that the population is calling for the Federal government to send in armed troops, should we even be surprised?

BlaxPac on February 28, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Sadly, while I understand the anger (believe me I do), considering the people involved, that’s the wrong message to post on a board like this: it’s just red meat for the HuffPost/Kos Kids pinheads to label everyone racist.

Well, I don’t care what color he is. I don’t care what race he is. I don’t care what language he speaks, or whether he can read or write. He has done something so heinous that no society which wants to survive, no person with the conscience necessary to live among other human beings, can sanction it or excuse it.

He murdered his mother.

He was not mentally ill. He knew what he was doing. He planned to act, and he acted. He deserves to be pay a just penalty, and for this crime the just penalty is death.

Skin color has nothing to do with it.

njcommuter on February 29, 2012 at 9:05 AM

BlaxPac, I’ve decided your post would be easier to respond to if I broke into blocks.

Sadly, while I understand the anger (believe me I do), considering the people involved, that’s the wrong message to post on a board like this: it’s just red meat for the HuffPost/Kos Kids pinheads to label everyone racist.

Why are you trying to appease HuffPost/Kos Kids pinheads? That’s a losing game. No matter what you say, they’ll twist it.

That being said, if this…citizen…is not incarcerated for the next 50 years, then we can honestly claim the system is broke.

Sadly, Michigan, for all the slogans, etc is as close to a lost cause since NYC in the 1970′s. We’ve abdicated damn near everything decent there…

In the 1960′s NYC had John Lindsay as Mayor, a Liberal Northeastern Republican who had very little puublic experience and eventually backed down when the public unions pushed hard against him. I lived in NYC as a child and remember the strikes. It was reminiscent of what would happen 10 years later in Britain. Unfortunately, Lindsay was no Maggie Thtcher.

Still, NYC had the resources of a talented and reasonably educated population. After some stumbling with financial crisis, NYC found the will to reinvent themselves.

Detroit is basically a dead city. Their solution is to turn part of Detroit back to agriculture. That might actually be their best alternative. I visited Detroit in the 1980′s, and I’ve never seen an American city that was so ridden with fear, crime and decay.

As for “We’ve abdicated damn near everything decent there…”, when the final history of Detroit is written, Detroit will be judged a suicide: too many big local government programs, too many Great Society programs, too many clowns like Conyers getting elected and reelected. The voters of Detroit have been hardcore Democrats for decades.

…and when you consider that the population is calling for the Federal government to send in armed troops, should we even be surprised?

BlaxPac on February 28, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Detroit should declare bankruptcy. They should consolidate and downsize as much as possible. Maybe an administrator should be put in to oversee financial reforms. Then maybe some outside law enforcement can help them.

Gladtobehere on February 29, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Stepfather sleeping with the daughter (see original article)

Bulletchaser on February 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Where does it say that in the article?

MadisonConservative on February 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM

in the traditional pagan world spilling your mother’s blood requires the death penalty. it is an unforgivable crime in life- it can only be atoned for in blood.

but somehow, as always, the liberal courts will turn this evil cretin into the real victim of- not the ethos of his sociopathic, violent peers-but of a sane society that tried to stop his march into depravity. oppressors!

watch PEN give him an award for some self indulgent,morally autistic craptastic poetry in a nanosecond.

mittens on February 29, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Stepfather sleeping with the daughter (see original article)

Bulletchaser on February 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Where does it say that in the article?

MadisonConservative on February 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM

http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/241285/58/Mom-tells-boy-not-to-hang-with-friends-he-shoots-her-to-death

See third paragraph.

Bulletchaser on March 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM