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Flint Lawyer’s 2011 Homicide Still Unsolved

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FLINT (AP) - The fatal shooting of a prominent civil rights activist in Michigan remains unsolved, two years after he was killed at his Flint home.

A former client was accused of stealing C. Frederick Robinson’s car and credit card, but she hasn’t been charged with the lawyer’s death. Renee “Lucky” Williams is in prison for manslaughter in the 2010 death of another man whose body was found in an abandoned house.

Robinson played an important role in Flint, outlawing housing discrimination in 1968. He also helped break a policy that had barred blacks from being buried at Flint Memorial Park cemetery. He was buried there in 2011 at age 79.

Dr. Debra Robinson doesn’t believe anyone who knew her father would have killed him.

“He was so forgiving of people’s faults,” she told MLive.com. “He was so willing to give people their third or fourth chance to get themselves right.”

Flint police said the case remains open but there’s no new information to release. Hundreds of people attended Robinson’s funeral.

“We miss him every day,” said Debra Robinson, who lives in Florida. “I want to talk to him every day. … The word that comes to mind is determined. He believed in fighting for the underdog.”

Anne Gregory was Robinson’s neighbor for nearly 40 years.

“He had such a great legal mind, in addition to being (a) great neighbor,” Gregory said. “Fred always believed in giving people a second chance.”

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