A fund has been created for the family of D'aja Robinson, the 14-year old who was shot and killed on a Q6 bus Saturday night in Jamaica. Local rapper and author QueenzFlip started the fund after learning that Robinson was a fan of his work. He received Facebook messages from Robinson's family members informing him about Saturday's tragedy shortly after it happened.
"Once I got the message, I put up a post on Instagram, sending my condolences. I found out she was a fan of mine. I wanted to bring light to the situation," QueenzFlip said. QueenzFlip added that his mother, Marie Deluse, who is involved with the nonpartisan grassroots movement Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, plans on attending Robinson's funeral and bringing attention to the organization. After receiving numerous messages from Robinson's family members through social media, QueenzFlip realized that he had met Robinson and knew her family. Deluse added,"It started as initiative to bring light and justice to the senseless killing of a young child and to support her family, which has now become a personal mission."
Robinson was shot in the head shortly before 9 p.m. while on a Q6 bus located on Sutphin Boulevard near Baisley Pond Park. She had just left a birthday celebration with her friends at Onyx Lounge on Rockaway Boulevard, a few blocks away from the shooting. Police and EMS responded to the scene and Robinson was taken to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Nine shell casings and bullet holes were found on the bus. No arrests have yet been made.
Multiple memorial pages on Facebook have been created for Robinson, who went by the name Asia. "Good Morning, Asia. Everyone remember to wear purple, blue, or pink today in memory of Asia. Good luck to the people that attended school with Asia. She's gone but never forgotten," the page's status read.
Multiple posts describe Robinson as a girl who was always smiling and whose life was tragically cut short. One person wrote, "Why pull a trigger on a girl with a smile on her face? She was living so right, so young with a future." Many people who did not know Robinson offered their condolences on the memorial page as well, helping to make up the 60,000 members of the group. Additionally, a video posted on YouTube to pay tribute to the young girl received thousands of views just a day after the shooting.
"Asia was a loving bubbly person. She loved to be outside and she loved her friends so much," one of Robinson's friends wrote in an email. "She used to tell me about a lot and give me advice," she added. " It's sad that they had to take the life a beautiful young lady. I loved her like she was my own sister. I miss her so much.
The fund for Robinson that is administered by QueenzFlip and his mother through their corporation T “Flip” R, LLC can be found at facebook.com/dajarobinsonfund. This Facebook page includes the link to the PayPal information needed to send a donation. Sentiments to the family can also be sent by email to email@example.com.