“He would say, ‘I have to get back to my daughters,'” said Lester Eugene Robinson.
Her son enjoyed reading detective novels and detective novels, especially by authors Walter Mosley and James Patterson. A self-taught hairdresser, he kept his trimmer clean and sharp and cut his friends’ hair for free.
Back in St. Louis, Robinson “had a hard time,” his father said, referring to drug addiction. Lester Eugene Robinson said he tried to help his son stop using drugs. The father, who is 60 years old, has experience working with young people in difficulty. For two decades, he worked as a counselor for at-risk adolescents in St. Louis public schools and was a home-school liaison for the Dropout Prevention Project at Roosevelt High School.
Regarding his own son, Lester Eugene Robinson wanted to be a friend and a support network. But also, “I tried the hard love thing,” he said. “I was driving him through areas known as drug zones and pointing out drug addicts living on the streets, and I was like, ‘It could be you. “”
The father had not heard from his son by the morning of September 27, the day after his death, so he called but could not find him. He called a hospital to see if he had overdosed. Then he called the medical examiner’s office, where a mortuary attendant said they had an unidentified gunshot victim. The father described his son’s “Beast Mode” tattoo on his back. The morgue attendant said, “Sir, maybe you should just come over here.” Lester Eugene Robinson went to identify his son’s body.