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'It's an everyday pain': Balloon release held for Bianca Roberson to mark 5 years since her murder

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - Family and friends gathered for a balloon release to mark five years since Bianca Roberson’s life was taken in a road rage incident back in 2017. Bianca’s mother, Michelle is still shaken to her core over the loss of her daughter, who was only 18-years-old when she was shot and killed. "It’s an everyday pain," said Michelle. "You wake up every morning, and they’re not here, and they’re not coming back."Authorities say David Desper shot Bianca Roberson in the head as they drove on Route 100 in West Chester in June 2017.

Investigators say she was in the right lane and Desper was to her left trying to merge as his lane was ending. Police ultimately ruled Bianca’s death a result of road rage. In 2018, Desper pleaded guilty to third-degree murder charges and was later sentenced to 20-40 years in prison, but for Bianca’s grieving mother, it will never be enough. "People keep telling me it gets better with time.

It gets worse with time because as the years go by, it's just more years that you have not seen them," Michelle said. On Tuesday evening, Bianca’s loved ones held up purple and orange balloons—purple being Bianca’s favorite color and orange to represent gun violence. RELATEDMan pleads guilty to third-degree murder in killing of girl in West Chester road rage caseMan who killed teen in road rage shooting sentenced to 20-40 yearsFamily receives honorary college degree for West Chester teen killed in road rage shootingPurple Ball to be held in Bianca Roberson's memoryBianca Roberson's father remembers his daughter, speaks out about suspectBianca was murdered just days before she was set to leave for Jacksonville State on a full scholarship. Last year, the university presented Bianca’s family with an

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