PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — One week after Byron Roberson, 44, was stabbed and killed by one of his roommates, his family and friends gathered on Endless Shore Drive in Northeast Travis County to remember his life.
Many of the attendees wore black shirts emblazoned with “R.I.P. Byron Roberson,” including Byron’s son, 20-year-old Diamond Roberson. Musicians sang Amazing Grace and dozens of balloons were released into the sunset.
“We’re here because something terrible has happened. We’re here because there is pain in the world and there is evil and there is violence and none of us are immune to that,” says a pastor at the service.
During the vigil, Diamond was calm and collected but his still very visible scars show the kind of violence he endured in the early morning hours of Aug. 7.
“I’m doing a lot better now that I’m out of the hospital and I’m outside and walking,” says Diamond who was hospitalized for several days due to stab wounds to his neck.
Christopher Harris, 28, is in currently in the Travis County Jail charged with murder. Harris is accused of stabbing Byron 20 times. During the altercation, Harris also stabbed Diamond and 20-year-old Reshard Rogers. Rogers managed to get away from Harris and run to a nearby home for help.
Diamond says his dad was letting Harris stay with them because he wanted to help him out, which was something he would always do to help friends out. “If anybody needed help or a place to stay and we had the room, he would help them,” remembers Diamond.
“I used to tell him he looked like a big Ninja Turtle because he smiled so big,” recalls Byron’s nephew Brandon Burrage. Burrage says his uncle was always smiling and wiling to go that extra mile for someone.
As Diamond continues in his recovery, he says he is blessed that he is still alive. “Whenever I feel down, I just think there’s always someone in a worse position than I am.”
A GoFundMe page has been setup to help with Diamond’s medical expenses.