Funeral held for teen killed in Chester Co. road rage shooting

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Funeral held for teen killed in road rage shooting. John Rawlins reports during Action News at 4pm on July 7, 2017. (WPVI)

The brother of a young woman fatally shot by another motorist during an act of road rage in Pennsylvania says the family is grappling with the senselessness of her death.

Rodney Roberson Jr. spoke Friday at the funeral for 18-year-old Bianca Roberson. She was killed in a highway confrontation last week while still in her moving car.

More than 300 mourners attended the church service outside Philadelphia.

Wreaths of purple and white flowers dotted the church, and photographs of a smiling Bianca Roberson were never out of sight.

Family, friends, and even those who didn't know the victim - but were saddened by the terrible act - came to pay tribute.

"She was just one of our classmates, and whether we were close friends with her or not we just wanted to come and support her and her family," one classmate said.

David Desper is charged with shooting Roberson in the head as the two tried to merge into a single lane on a highway last week.

"Put the guns down, put them down! I don't want to experience this anymore," said Lois McMillan.

The shooting sparked a manhunt for the 28-year-old Desper, who fled in a red pickup truck. He turned himself in Sunday. His attorney declined to comment on the charges.

VIDEO: Red pickup truck recovered in road rage killing case
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Pickup truck recovered in road rage killing case. Watch raw video from the Action Cam on July 2, 2017.

Roberson had just graduated from Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester and was planning to attend Jacksonville University in Florida this fall.
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Family and neighbors react to the arrest of David Desper. Annie McCormick reports during Action News at 6 p.m. on July 2, 2017.

Authorities believe Desper shot and killed Roberson from his red pickup truck in a case of road rage.

"As Bianca was merging down from two lanes to one, there was a man in a red pickup truck also merging down and they jockeyed for position and he wasn't happy. So he pulled out a gun and shot Bianca in the head," Hogan said.
VIDEO: D.A. Tom Hogan announces Desper's arrest
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News conference on Chester Co. road rage killing. Watch video of the full news conference on July 2, 2017.

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