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Akron police find four bodies in apartment basement, each victim shot in the head
A mother and brother look for a reason
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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April Roberts-Gilbert, mother of 24 yr old Ronald Roberts
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Akron police say four people were murdered in an Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority complex near Chapel Hall mall.  The bodies of two men and two women were found in the basement at Kimlyn Apartments on Independence Avenue.  All four had been shot in the head.  WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports.

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Before police released any information on the victims, April Roberts-Gilbert said one of the victims was her son, Ronald Roberts.

 “They’re out here killing each other, for what?  Now I have to bury a 24 year old child.  It’s not right.”

Families wandered in the parking lot hugging each behind the yellow police barrier tape. Roberts’ brother, Donald, said his brother was an easy-going person.

“He was a good looking, good-dressing kid. All I can think is someone was jealous of him. He was just a good kid – a kid.”

A friend of Roberts came to visit Wednesday night when he failed to answer his phone. He found the door wide open, bullets shells on the first floor, and the four bodies in the basement.  Police Lt.  Rick Edwards:

“We received a call from a neighbor. Our officers came out, did not get an answer at the door. They did forced entry into the house and they located the four victims in the basement on the floor.” Police brought in workers from victims assistance to help family members.  

One woman arrived with a family photograph in hand, afraid that her niece might be a victim. Regina Cheatham says her sister died just one year ago and now her niece won’t answer her phone.

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