In the YouTube video, posted in January, Taylor’s uncle ordered him to disavow any ties to gangs, announced that the family “don’t come from that sh–,” and then proceeded to take off his belt and spank Taylor in full view of the laptop camera.
On Dec. 7, sixteen-year-old Michael Taylor was shot and killed around 8:30 p.m.
Taylor’s mother, Kimberly Ward, says she kept strict tabs on her son, even making him stay on the sidewalk in eyesight of their home when he went outside.
The night of the shooting, she said, Taylor received a text message from a friend at about 8 p.m. and went outside to chat.
“She said she called him back inside a few minutes later to find out what was going on, and he told her he was just talking and went back outside. A few minutes later, her daughter received a text message saying that Taylor had been shot, and then another saying he was dead,” the newspaper reported.
According to the Times Picayune, Ward said she rushed from the house, driving around the neighborhood looking for her son, but didn’t find him until she was coming back to her apartment complex. That’s when she allegedly saw his body on the cold sidewalk, clad in a red sweatshirt she’d noticed when he left the house.
“I came home and saw my son on the ground,” Ward said.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office,Taylor had been shot multiple times.