MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The news of an arrest can’t ease the pain of a Memphis family still mourning the shooting death of a four-year-old boy over the weekend.
MPD identified the boy as Tavius Taylor, Jr.
“He was everything. He was a happy, happy baby. He was born smiling,” said Janet Taylor, the boy’s grandmother.
Police say Terrell Woods pulled the trigger. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of 4th and Popular near the county jail.
Fighting back tears, Taylor said she is trying to find the strength to cope with her grandson’s death.
“My heart is still hurting. I’m constantly breaking down without him. I don’t know how I’m going to make it without him,” she said. “I’m trying to be strong for my son and his mama, his baby mama.”
Police say the suspect, Terrell Woods, and another man got into an argument Saturday night in Frayser. That’s when investigators say Woods fired at least one shot, hitting the little boy inside the car.
U.S. Marshals arrested Woods without incident on Tuesday afternoon.
Taylor said Woods wasn’t a stranger.
“The young man, Terrell Woods, he was like family to us. He was like cousins,” she said.
It’s a connection that makes this tragedy hurt even more.
“I really don’t think he was probably trying to kill my baby, shoot my baby. He should have never been shooting up in that car. He should have never shot in that car with innocent people in that car,” said Taylor.
Woods is charged with first-degree murder, and he will have his first court appearance Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Memphis Police say the little boy is one of three children murdered this year.
Members of the community group, Ride of Tears, are heartbroken by the boy’s death as well. The group raises awareness about gun violence impacting children and honoring the lives of those gone too soon.
“These kids aren’t coming back; it’s over for them,” said Diamond Mourning, one of the founders for Ride of Tears.
Mourning said this death is a tough one, especially after last year when 38 children were killed in the city.
“If we can march for George Floyd, that’s a grown man who done lived a lot of years of life, compared to these children that we are losing yearly, in our city, we’re not talking about anywhere, we’re talking about Memphis,” she said.