“She was a beautiful, caring person”: household, friends remember stabbing the victim as a woman of faith

ANN ARBOR, MI – Nyesha Mercedes Robinson’s family and friends gathered in Ellsworth Park Saturday afternoon to remember her as fighters and women of the Faith.

Robinson, also known as Angel Mercedes Pritchard, died as a result of a triple knife stab that occurred on April 4 at a hotel in Ann Arbor. Robinson was one of three women who were stabbed in the incident.

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Thomas Robinson, Nyesha Robinson’s father, said she always read and studied the Bible. She went through fights, said Thomas Robinson, but through those fights his daughter always fought and made progress.

“She called me and said, ‘Dad, I’m going through this or that,’ and I just comforted her as best I could,” said Thomas Robinson. “Receiving a call that my daughter was involved in a triple knife stab was devastating to me because, although you have your own struggles, you never entered the element that your daughter might be killed.”

Family and friends listened to speakers offering prayers and reading poetry, as well as the song “Deliver Me” by Le’Andria Johnson. Alicia Ortiz, Nyesha Robinson’s second cousin, chose this song and was there when Nyesha Robinson was born. She remembers Nyesha as alive and full of life with an infectious laugh and someone who always protected her family.

“We love her, we miss her, we are all sad and that was a tragic loss,” said Ortiz.

The group also hosted a balloon launch that released 27 purple and blue balloons – 27 for the age she died and purple and blue because these were her favorite colors, Ortiz said.

Henry Brown is Thomas Robinson’s best friend and was Nyesha Robinson’s godfather. Nyesha had tremendous love and was a good child, he said, repeating that Nyesha would reach out to her father to let him know what was going on in her life, even if it wasn’t positive.

Nyesha and Thomas Robinson had conversations about how she was trying to change something, said Thomas Robinson, and at just 27 years old, she had the time in her life to make those changes.

“There is no perfection in a person,” said Thomas Robinson. “That’s all I could tell her – there is no one who is perfect. You will make mistakes. Learn from your mistakes, turn around, and better come back, and that’s what she worked on. “

Nyesha Robinson’s alleged attacker Madron Aldonijah Austin, 47, was charged on Monday April 5 with two crimes of murder, one with intent to cause less than murder, and one criminal offense of armed robbery. An autopsy was performed on the Robinson on Monday April 12th. The results will be forwarded to the Washtenaw County Attorney’s Office for possible additional charges against Austin.

According to police, Austin was arrested on the day of the attack in a house of an acquaintance in the parish of Ypsilanti.

The family hopes that the person responsible for Nyesha Robinson’s death receives justice. “And I hope he’ll pay for it,” said Ortiz.

Nyesha Robinson is survived by both her parents and her five sisters Britley Holmes, Alexandria Lashelle Danzy, Latajha Robinson, Re’membrence Gittens and Tamara Tillman. Sons Keith Michael Robinson and Jafarri Robinson; Uncle Robert E. Smith and Kito M. Smith; and grandmother Diane Holmes.


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