Hundreds of mourners wearing Batman clothes, Batman gear and even Batman yarmulkes packed a Maryland synagogue Wednesday to say goodbye to their local superhero — Lenny Robinson, better known around there as “Batman.”
“He was a character, he was a pistol, he was wonderful,” Robinson’s shaken father, Larry, told ABC2 about his fallen son, who dressed up as the Caped Crusader to visit children in area hospitals.
“When he put on that costume, when he got into that Batmobile, his name wasn’t Lenny Robinson anymore,” Larry said. “He became Batman.”
Robinson spent 14 years traveling around Maryland in a Batman suit and custom-made Batmobile to be a hero for ailing children who needed one. He was killed on a highway Sunday night when a car struck his Batmobile as he worked on its engine, smashing it into him.
His friends, family and admirers honored his committed to the comic character at his funeral in the Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills, Md. Some men wore yarmulkes with “Batman” stitched in yellow threads, the Washington Post reported. Lenny’s father, in spite of his grief, wore Batman socks under his dress pants.
Among the mourners was Montgomery County Police Det. Paul Borja, who pulled Robinson over in 2012 in a dashboard camera video that went viral. The officers who stopped Robinson for license plate problems ended up posing for pictures with him and joking to dispatch that they needed Robin on the scene.
Borja said he could barely stick to his duties in the presence of the costumed crime fighter.
“We may be cops, but at this moment, we’re kids,” he recalled to the Post.
After his death, Robinson received tributes from DC Comics, the Montgomery County Police Department and Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis, who met Robinson at a game.
“Baltimore especially, but the world lost a special spirit. A true living Angel. He was not only a friend of mine, but my kids and family,” Lewis wrote with a Facebook picture of him with Robinson.
“To know a man with his heart, his love for people, his love for life, his love for his family and especially his children is to know a true superhero.”