Son of former co-chairperson for Parents of Murdered Children and a Garden founder, Paul R. Rober, Sr.
Paul R. Rober, Jr. was born on October 24, 1962 and died on October 11, 1986. Son of Paul R. Rober, Sr. and Sandra L. Rober, also of Parents of Murdered Children; and brother of former honorary board member, James M. Rober. Paul Jr. was born a paraplegic and at the time of his death he had been living at home in Plymouth, Mass. On October 11, 1986 after socializing at a local Dunkin' Donuts coffee shop on route 44 in Plymouth Paul had been approached by a local woman who invited him to join her and several others to a gathering. Several hours later Paul had become an innocent victim. He had been beaten, kicked, and strangled to death with a rope and soon afterwards his battered body had been placed in a shallow grave in a thickly wooded area.
Paul was someone who enjoyed living life. He enjoyed meeting and establishing new friendships. He enjoyed writing, fishing, studying the bible, and spending times with family. He was the oldest of five sons. He was friendly and at times too trusting of others. He had been looking forward to his 24th birthday.
One of the three individuals involved in Paul's death, Judith Amendola was able to work out a plea bargain in return for states evidence. She only served six months. The next person involved was Robert Wade. He had confessed to Paul's murder, but because he may have been intoxicated at the time of his miranda reading a judge suppressed his confession and when he eventually went to trial the jury wasn't able to hear his earlier confession and found him not guilty. After almost seven years had passed since Paul's death Robert Wade was again at the center of attention. He had murdered again. He is now serving a life sentence at Walpole State Prison in Walpole, Mass. The third person involved Kurt Kegler was and has always been considered the leader involving the brutal murder of Paul Rober, Jr. He pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life with the possibility of parole. He is currently still serving his sentence