Funeral held for Ray Roberson

Ray Roberson (Photo provided by family)
Ray Roberson (Photo provided by family)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Family and friends of Ray Roberson came together Saturday morning to say their final goodbyes to the man whose body parts were found throughout New Haven in July. His funeral was held at Christ Chapel on Dixwell Avenue in New Haven. The community came together to support the Roberson family and to pay their final respects.

Roberson was 54-years old and homeless. He had not been reported missing, but police say the last time someone reported seeing him alive was on May 20th. His severed legs were found under some bushes at the corner of State and Chapel Streets on July 15. A plastic bag containing two severed arms was found only a block away later the same day. The hands had been removed from them. A torso was later found in the Salvation Army complex in downtown New Haven. That has not yet been positively identified, but the severed arms and legs did belong to Roberson.

Roberson’s sister, Sherell Nesmith, says the family is devastated.

“We are absolutely broken, but today is going to symbolize us rededicating his soul to Christ,” she said. “No, we’re not going to have closure.”

The family still has a lot of questions. They are hoping for new developments in the investigation into what happened to Roberson.

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