Less than two years after his graduation from Glen Oaks High School, Tr'markus Taylor was shot and killed Sunday night just blocks from his grandmother's house in the Brownfields area of north Baton Rouge, leading family to suspect he was shot while riding in a car and then pushed out into the street.
One person is dead and another wounded after a double shooting Sunday night in the Brownfields area of East Baton Rouge Parish, authorities said.
His body was found near the side of the road in a quiet subdivision lined with tidy houses and manicured lawns. Taylor died on the scene, said East Baton Rouge Sheriff's spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks.
Another person was wounded in the shooting and transported to the hospital for treatment. Hicks said that person was in critical condition late Sunday but had been upgraded to stable condition by Monday afternoon.
No one has been arrested and investigators have not yet identified any suspects.
Authorities could not provide additional details about the incident but Taylor's family said he left his grandmother's house in a car with three other people just minutes before the shooting. His body was found two blocks from the home where he lived with his grandmother.
Tabitha Taylor-Stevens called her son on Feb. 7 to tell him she loved him, never suspecting it would be the last time they spoke. She now lives in Tampa, Florida, but received a call from her own mother late Sunday telling her what had happened.
She drove to Baton Rouge from Tampa overnight and arrived Monday morning. Several family members and close friends had gathered Monday afternoon outside her mother's house to mourn their loss. They remembered Taylor most of all for the unwavering generosity he displayed during his 20 years of life.
WALKER — For a quiet rural area in Livingston Parish it was a particularly shocking crime.
"My son was such a giving person. He took care of the people around him," Taylor-Stevens said. "I'm not saying he was the perfect child … but he gave so much of himself while he was here. He brought so much joy."
Taylor helped care for his mother while she was recovering from serious injuries after having been brutally attacked on her way to work one morning in 2012. He also was close to his two little goddaughters, frequently buying them presents and anything else they needed.
Taylor-Stevens said in some ways Tr'markus — the middle child of her three sons — had "been grown his whole life" and displayed an "old spirit" wiser than his age would suggest. She said she had been concerned about him recently because of the people he was hanging around and because "he made some poor decisions, but what teenager doesn't."
Taylor had been working for an upholstery business owned by his godfather and studying to become a pipe fitter. His godmother Takschkia Wright said Taylor loved working at the shop but recently had been taking on fewer hours.
His mom said she had warned her son to stop whatever he was doing because "fast money is not good money." She said he had lots of bright potential. School had always been easy for him and he developed a penchant for fixing anything, from cars to computers.
"He lived a large life in such a short time," his mother said. "They took away a brilliant man who could have changed this world."
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