Family demands justice after former East HS football player shot and killed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The family of a former East High School football player is demanding answers after their loved one was gunned down Thursday night.

Ray Taylor, Jr. was just 24 years old, and Memphis Police are still investigating what happened and there haven’t been any arrests.

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“He was going to be a pro - my baby was,” said Donna Wrenthrop Harris, who isn’t Taylor’s biological mother but raised as one of her own after his mother died.

But now she’s planning his funeral.

“He didn’t bother anybody. All he wanted to do was take care of his family,” said Harris. “They killed my baby. I just want justice.”

Investigators said Taylor was shot and killed near Yellowood Cove Thursday night.

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Harris said she couldn’t go the scene, but at least two dozen others did.

She said that’s just a snapshot of how many people loved her son. Taylor was a football player at East High School and eventually at Mississippi Valley State University.

But most importantly, she said Taylor was a father who now leaves behind a three-year-old boy.

“You hear about a lot of people getting shot, shot but when it’s you - I just want justice,” said Harris.

Harris wants whoever is responsible for the shooting to turn themselves in.

She said they will have a vigil for Taylor Sunday night.