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Before killing of neighbor came bad blood

TAMPA — On Friday, the 700 block of Wood Street in Sulphur Springs was hopping.

But in an instant a man was dead and a father was on the run — all because of a parking place.

The family at 718 E Wood St. gathered to cut birthday cake for a 41-year-old father and his young son. Guests' cars lined the street.

In the house just next door, 720 E Wood St., a couple settled down in front of television for a quiet evening. They turned up the sound on the television when the music from 718 threatened to overpower their movie.

But Mario Robinson, 28, was tired of seeing his parking place overtaken during these parties.

Just before 9:45 p.m., he decided to ask the birthday celebrant to remove the offending car, Robinson's girlfriend said.

Rhianna Short, 21, followed Robinson out the front door, knowing things between her boyfriend and the neighbor, David Rolon, did not always go well.

Robinson stepped outside and hollered for someone to move the car, Short said.

Rolon came out his back door into their shared yard, Short said, and punched Robinson.

The blow knocked Robinson into Short, who fell back into her doorway, she said.

When she stood up, she said, she saw Rolon fire a shot that police say killed Robinson.

Police were still looking Monday for Rolon, who is accused of second-degree murder.

Before killing of neighbor came bad blood 03/17/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 9:29am]
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