1-year-old Milwaukee boy in stolen car killed in crash remembered at vigil

A vigil was held in Milwaukee Tuesday evening, Jan. 31 to honor the life of a 13-month-old baby boy killed when the car he was in was stolen and crashed near 35th and Hope on Friday.

Zarion Robinson was in a car seat in the back seat of a Pontiac G6 when the car was stolen and crashed around 11:30 p.m. He died at the hospital, the medical examiner said.

Robinson's family gathered at the crash scene Tuesday evening in the bitter cold to remember Zarion.

"He was a good child," said Donnie Thomas, Zarion's grandpa. "He don’t deserve it."

The report says the baby's mom parked the car outside her home and ran inside, leaving the baby in the back seat with the car unlocked. That's when the theft occurred. 

Milwaukee police said the crash involved the Pontiac and a Dodge Caravan minivan.

According to police, a woman, 31, was driving the Pontiac with the baby inside when the Pontiac collided with the minivan. Milwaukee police said the people in the van ran away after the crash. Police said the 31-year-old woman and the baby were taken to the hospital, where the baby later died. Milwaukee police said that 31-year-old woman was taken into custody.

"At the end of the day, we all make mistakes, but this wasn’t no mistake right here," said Thomas.

With questions lingering, the baby's family focused on his memory Tuesday.

"Happy, very happy. He brings joy," said Thomas. "He brings light to the family."

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As they gathered in grief, they were comforted by the words of a pastor.

"You just got to pray for them, and ask God to help them," said Lester Barnes, Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

They said goodbye to a little boy whose life had only just begun.

"What we see here is love and unity," said Barnes.

Zarion Robinson

In their sorrow, they asked the community for change, so tragedies like this don't keep happening.

"My grandson died, and there’s more lives out there that’s been taken," said Thomas.