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'He could have made a difference'

June 24, 2008 |  3:12 pm


A funeral service for Christopher Taylor, listed below, was held at Angelus Funeral Home in Jefferson Park Saturday afternoon, June 21. Taylor, 19, was fatally shot outside his home almost a week ago.  After the service family and friends gathered at Taylor's home. His closest friends stood in his bedroom recalling their memories of Taylor. "He looked like a good kid and was a good kid," said Raven Holmes, 26. In honor of Taylor, twenty-year-old Tyrone Miller, above, had a barber shave the words "RIP Chris" on the back of his head. "He wanted you to live your life like it was your last  [day] and do right," Miller told everyone in the room.

Christopher Taylor was raised in Lorain, Ohio. He attended Elyria High School, where he ran cross country and won several awards. "He could run, we seen him," said Jonathan Brown, 18. "We had water balloon fights and he could run. You couldn't catch him," Brown said. Friends described Taylor as a caring, honest and responsible young man.  "He could have made a difference," Holmes said. "He was the type of guy that could."


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This story really touched my heart. Christopher seemed like a nice young man with a bright future. Very handsome and clean cut. Another senseless killing of an inoocent young black man! I pray for the strength of his family. I also that the senseless killing of young black will end now! We're destroying a generation. Peace.


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