|Mother of the Movement, Cecilia Shepard just started a petition demanding Florida State Attorney Melissa Nelson bring charges against Michael Centanni for the death of her 22-year-old son Keegan Von Roberts.
Keegan’s family deserves a due process to ensure accountability for his death.
Here’s why this is important:
My 22-year-old son Keegan Von Roberts was murdered by our racist neighbor, Michael Centanni, three months ago and the police have done nothing.
We need your help to bring forth charges.
Michael, an aspiring police officer, deliberately left his home on July 20, 2017, to taunt and harm my son. But the police are refusing to make an arrest and no charges have been filed. The investigation into Keegan’s death is entering into the third month and we still have no answers and no justice. Keegan’s father, wife, daughter, and I have been working tirelessly with the father of Jordan Davis, Jacksonville Community Action Committee, and other local groups to organize community vigils, rallies, and meetings with Florida State Attorney Melissa Nelson calling for transparency and accountability. But our cries are ignored. We need your help to amplify our demand!
Michael Centanni is modern-day George Zimmerman. Before shooting my son to death, Michael routinely instigated arguments with Keegan and his wife, who was pregnant at the time. He even touted himself as the neighborhood patrol, branding a gun and mimicked the same over policing tactics cops use to profile and terrorize low-income Black communities. My son would get upset by Michael’s constant harassment, but Keegan’s calm demeanor usually allowed him to avoid escalating conflict. But on July 20, Michael amped up his aggression and it left my newlywed son murdered at his pregnant wife’s feet in their own front yard.
Now, the Jacksonville police refuse to make an arrest or execute a proper investigation on a man they see as potentially one of them. Even FL State Attorney Melissa Nelson, who is also known for protecting police over people, is refusing to press charges without providing us a rational explanation. Our family and community deserve a due process to ensure accountability for Keegan’s death. Y’naile, my son’s daughter, is his strongest advocate. She dreams of the day her daddy will get justice, and Melissa Nelson can make her dream a reality once she stops lollygagging and does her job!
Cecilia ‘Sassi’ Sheperad, Mother of Keegan Von Roberts