Victim's Family Speaks

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Details of what happened between Scott Wallace and Robert Plump on the night of his killing surfaced Friday, as charges were filed and the affidavit released.

However, details of how he died aren't what are important to Robert Plump's family. What’s worth remembering is how he lived.

Robert Plump’s sudden death has left his sons, 16-year-old Ryan and 13-year-old Darrious with a task that would be hard at any age: burying a man they loved. “These last few days I just been with my family getting stuff together, like the arrangements and stuff,” Ryan Plump tells us.

They're planning a funeral for their father, who they say would have done anything for them.

“My dad was the type of person where if I needed something and he didn’t have it, he would get it, he would try his best to get it,” Ryan added.

Robert's sister, Mary, raised him and their five other brothers. She says she treated him if he were her own. “When my son got a new bike, Robert got a new bike. Every time I dressed my son, I dressed Robert up, we dressed them alike. People thought they were twins.”

Mary went to Memorial Hospital, where Robert was taken after police found him in the middle of West Marion Street bloodied and beaten Wednesday night.

Why Scott Wallace, who's now charged with Robert Plump’s murder, would have gone after him, remains a mystery to Plump's family.

While they wait for answers about Plump’s death, life goes on.

“I’m just going to still live my life, but the things that he wanted me to do, like that he wanted for me, I’m going to try and do,” Ryan said. “He wanted me to be a man.”

According to court documents, released on Friday, Wallace and Plump were involved in an ongoing feud. On the day of the killing, they were arguing about the cost of repairs to Plump’s car, which Wallace had vandalized. When they went outside, Plump was walking to his car, when Wallace saw a pipe on the porch, picked it up, and went after him.

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