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Relatives demand justice for victim of SE Houston drive-by shooting

October 4, 2018

The mother’s sobs escalated, over the course of a heartbreaking 20 minutes, into screams for justice.

“I’m angry,” she shouted. “I have a dead son. I have a dead son.”

Yvonne Ferguson gripped the podium as her body crumpled toward the ground during the emotional press conference Thursday morning at the downtown headquarters of the Houston Police Department. Family members, who cried silently, stood behind her. To her left was Detective Ken Fregia, who had just told the media the details surrounding the death of Ferguson’s son, Kenneth Roberson.

Roberson, Fregia had said, was gunned down at 7 a.m. on Sept. 23 while driving in southeast Houston at 7300 Long Drive near Telephone Drive. A group in a dark-colored, late-model Jeep Renegade with a roof rack shot at Roberson’s car 14 times. The Jeep went into a nearby neighborhood, then turned around, passing by Roberson’s stopped car one more time. Roberson was 24.

“When they circled back around, they wanted to make sure they accomplished what they needed to accomplish, that’s my theory,” Fregia said.

HPD is asking for help in identifying the killers and have released surveillance video of the Jeep. Those with tips should call 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Fregia stood silently, head bowed, as Ferguson cried. Her sister, Cassandra King, held her and whispered to her.

“He’s supposed to bury me,” Ferguson whispered back. “I don’t know how to move on.”

“Christ has got us, he’s with us,” her sister replied.

Other relatives held posters with photos of the son and the words “Justice for Ken.” One of the photos was of Roberson at a recording studio. Ferguson used her phone to play a rap Ferguson dedicated to her mother.

wchen@chron.com

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