Slain man's mother makes a tearful plea for justice

Published: Apr. 12, 2017 at 8:14 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2017 at 3:40 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A woman made a tearful plea for justice after the her son was fatally shot in broad daylight in a Shreveport store parking lot.

Carlos Taylor Jr., 23, died after being shot multiple times with a rifle at 1:36 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at Hollywood Mini Mart in the 3700 block of Hollywood Avenue in west-central Shreveport.

A white Dodge Charger with dark tinted windows and a spoiler on the back was seen fleeing at a high rate of speed after the shooting, police said.

Dessie Taylor said she spoke with her son on the phone just 20 minutes before he was slain.

"He said, 'Okay, Momma, I love you.'

"And that's the last time I ever heard my baby's voice," she recalled, crying.

"I just want whoever did this to turn his self in. It's not right."

The man who first offered medical aid Carlos Taylor was no stranger to his father.

Mark Maiden said he and Carlos Taylor Sr. both are members of the local Masonic lodge.

Maiden said he just happened to be heading south on Jewella Avenue and had stopped at a red light at Hollywood Avenue.

That's when he heard gunshots.

Maiden said he turned into the parking lot and spotted Carlos Taylor Jr. on the ground.

As he rushed to the wounded man called 9-1-1, the dispatcher told Maiden to look for any bullet wounds.

"And I found one bullet wound up in his chest, chest area. So that's when I started applying pressure to his chest until the cops and the paramedics arrived," Maiden said.

Only later, after posting a Facebook Live from the scene immediately after the shooting, did Maiden discover the slain man's identity.

Police say Carlos Taylor Jr. died shortly after arriving at the hospital, leaving his father with so many unanswered questions for the shooter.

"Why'd you kill my son? For what reason? What'd he do to you?"

Carlos Taylor Jr.'s funeral will he held at 10 a.m. April 22 at Grace Temple Community Church in the 5900 block of Jefferson Paige Road in Shreveport.

The services will be preceded by visitation at the church from 6 to 7 p.m. April 21.

Authorities urge anyone with any information about the homicide to contact Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers by calling (318) 673-7373 or visiting the organization's website,

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