Father of Bianca Roberson urges authorities to revisit motive in killing

Police say the suspect in a shooting that killed a recent high school graduate turned himself in Sunday after a manhunt.

FOX 29's Sabina Kuriakose spoke with the victim's father.

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"It's not road rage. It was something more hateful than that," he told FOX 29.

One day after the arrest of the man police say shot and killed Rodney Roberson's 18-year-old daughter, Bianca's grieving father is urging authorities to revisit the motive behind her killing as a possible hate crime.

"It's a man that had a gun and he was out to shoot someone that day and it just so happened to be my daughter and she was black," he said.

Rodney says his daughter was a timid driver and would not have jockeyed in traffic on Route 100 as police have said with 28-year-old David Desper, the man now charged with shooting her from his pick up truck. Rodney says people from across the country of all races have sent his family love and support as they grapple with the teen's senseless murder.

He says he is grateful to police for quickly closing in on a suspect. Still, the arrest of Bianca's alleged killer provides only a measure of solace for this grieving father, still racked with anger and so many questions.

"My daughter is dead so I would like the full story," Rodney said.

Detectives continue to dig into Desper's life. They are asking anyone who knew or worked with him to come forward. Depser's attorney says the Delaware County native turned himself in early Sunday morning with his family by his side. Despite a note on a Desper family member's door expressing grief for Bianca's loved ones, Rodney says he is not prepared to speak with the relatives of the man accused of killing his little girl.

"We're hurt. She was 18 years old and she had a promising future and that future was shut down. For what reason?" Rodney said.

Late Monday, investigators acknowledged that they have not ruled out the possibility this was a hate crime. They say the investigation is ongoing.

Her funeral is set for Friday in her hometown.

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