A Sonora business owner and police department volunteer died after being shot inside his auto body shop, officers said. Rick Roberts, 49, was found dead inside Ricky Roberts U2 on the morning of February 17, 2014, according to the Sonora Police Department.
“I don’t know why anybody would do this to him, but he’s missed and we love him,” said Michael Roberts, the victim’s younger brother. “And he gave so much to people, and he really cared.” Rick Roberts’ body was discovered when a friend stopped by the business, police said. No arrests and no suspect information is available at this time. Roberts had a wife and young son. “I can almost tell you that if that guy walked in right now, I could tell him I forgive him,” said Donna Burkey, Roberts’ mother. “Because it has nothing to do with me, it has to do with God and I can say, ‘I forgive you for taking my son.’” The Sonora Police Department has enlisted the help of the Tuolomne district attorney in this homicide investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sonoma Police.