Po­lice ar­rest slay­ing sus­pect

Hart­ford mourns death of 17-year-old stu­dent

Hartford Courant - - Front Page - By Ni­cholas Rondi­none nrondi­[email protected]

HART­FORD – As in­ves­ti­ga­tors tracked down the man sus­pected of gun­ning down 17-year-old Kar­lonzo Tay­lor, a com­mu­nity tried to come to terms Thurs­day with the death of a teen who of­fi­cials said was fin­ish­ing a promis­ing se­nior year in high school.

“That kid was on his way to do­ing some­thing great,” said Eric Craw­ford, direc­tor of fam­ily ser­vices for the Capi­tol Re­gion Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil. “[ Tay­lor] wasn’t a street kid. He wasn’t a kid who hung out with bad kids. I don’t know what hap­pened. … This kind of non­sense needs to stop.”

Tay­lor, a Hart­ford res­i­dent, was found wounded along with an­other 17-year-old boy Wed­nes­day in a nar­row land­ing on the sec­ond floor of a Park Street apart­ment build­ing. Tay­lor later died.

On Thurs­day, Wil­liam Moore, a 24-yearold Bris­tol man, was ac­cused of open­ing

fire on the two amid what po­lice called a per­sonal feud with Tay­lor.

The sec­ond vic­tim, whom po­lice did not iden­tify Thurs­day, was at a city hos­pi­tal in se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion. Friends say Tay­lor and the sec­ond vic­tim were in­sep­a­ra­ble.

Through­out the day, as Hart­ford Ma­jor Crimes Di­vi­sion de­tec­tives were clos­ing in on the sus­pected shooter, friends of Tay­lor’s shared their grief. In dozens of so­cial me­dia posts, many said they could not com­pre­hend that their teenage friend was the lat­est vic­tim of gun vi­o­lence in the city.

At a hastily planned me­mo­rial out­side the Park Street apart­ment build­ing Thurs­day evening, Tyzhuan Hayes, a long­time friend, said he never knew Tay­lor to have a prob­lem with any­one.

“He was the peace for every­body,” Hayes said, flanked by friends who hung cards with Tay­lor’s pic­ture around their necks. “Be­fore it raised to an­other level, he brought the peace.”

Hayes said Tay­lor was a good kid, and that rubbed off on those around him. “He kept you out of trou­ble by hang­ing out with you,” he added. “He did not like the drama. He did not like the vi­o­lence.”

Some in the city who do out­reach with trou­bled city youth learned Tay­lor’s name only af­ter word spread of the shoot­ing.

“I can’t even imag­ine him be­ing a tar­geted vic­tim in this sit­u­a­tion. He wasn’t wired like that,” Craw­ford said. “I was for­tu­nate enough to meet with him sev­eral times. I’ve al­ways thought this kid was a fu­ture leader, his in­sight on life, where he is, where he’s go­ing. He was tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for his life.”

Tay­lor had at­tended CREC’s Aerospace & En­gi­neer­ing Academy, but of­fi­cials said he moved to the Im­pact Academy in Hart­ford start­ing in Septem­ber 2017.

“CREC is deeply sad­dened to learn of the pass­ing of Kar­lonzo Tay­lor last evening,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Tim Sul­li­van said in a state­ment. “Kar­lonzo was a CREC stu­dent since 2013, when he was in sixth grade. Dur­ing his time at CREC, he en­deared him­self to many staff and stu­dents who are dev­as­tated by his sud­den and tragic death.”

The school dis­trict had coun­selors and staff on hand at both the Aerospace & En­gi­neer Academy and the Im­pact Academy on Thurs­day to help stu­dents through grief.

“This one re­ally hurts. This is a kid that was en­gaged in schools,” Craw­ford said. “He ex­celled. ... He would be there ev­ery day. This would be his sec­ond year. He was show­ing real good lead­er­ship skills. He was a real good role model for oth­ers.”

Craw­ford said the kids he spent time with were all good kids.

The Rev. Henry Brown of Moth­ers United Against Vi­o­lence vis­ited with Tay­lor’s fam­ily and said they are dev­as­tated and try­ing to un­der­stand why Tay­lor was killed.

“It’s an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time right now that we have to mourn at 17-year-old who was vi­brant and had a lot of po­ten­tial,” Brown said.

Tay­lor’s killing was Hart­ford’s 20th homi­cide of 2018.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ob­tained a war­rant for Moore’s ar­rest less than 24 hours af­ter the mid­day shoot­ing Wed­nes­day in­side the Park Street apart­ment build­ing.

With the help of Bris­tol po­lice and a re­gional SWAT team, Hart­ford po­lice took Moore into cus­tody Thurs­day in Bris­tol. He was charged with mur­der, first-de­gree as­sault and crim­i­nal pos­ses­sion of a firearm, po­lice said.

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion’s suc­cess and quick clo­sure was a di­rect re­sult of the tire­less de­vo­tion and ded­i­ca­tion by the members of the Hart­ford Po­lice pa­trol di­vi­sion, Ma­jor Crimes and Crime Scene Di­vi­sion,” said Lt. Paul Cicero, head of the Ma­jor Crimes Di­vi­sion. “Four search war­rants were drafted and ap­proved dur­ing this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which ul­ti­mately led to prob­a­ble cause to ar­rest Wil­liam Moore.”

Moore was held late Thurs­day on $1.5 mil­lion bail and was ex­pected to ap­pear in Su­pe­rior Court in Hart­ford on Fri­day, po­lice said.

Hart­ford Mayor Luke Bronin on Thurs­day com­mended the work of de­tec­tives while say­ing the city mourns for Tay­lor.

“Kar­lonzo Tay­lor’s death is heart­break­ing, and Hart­ford grieves with his fam­ily to­day. To lose any mem­ber of our com­mu­nity to gun vi­o­lence is painful, but to lose some­one so young is dev­as­tat­ing,” Bronin said. “Our po­lice depart­ment worked with tremen­dous speed and skill to iden­tify and ar­rest a sus­pect in this mur­der within 24 hours, and I want to thank the HPD for their ex­tra­or­di­nary work.”

He said the city was work­ing with youth-fo­cused or­ga­ni­za­tions to make sure friends and fam­ily get the sup­port needed.

At Com­pass Peace­builders, a Hart­ford youth out­reach or­ga­ni­za­tion, staff members worked Thurs­day with those di­rectly af­fected by the shoot­ing.

“We are try­ing to get their minds off of that stuff,” said Dean Jones, direc­tor of Peace­builders.



Sev­eral peo­ple gath­ered Thurs­day evening at the Park Street build­ing where 17-year old Kar­lonzo Tay­lor was fa­tally shot. On Thurs­day, Wil­liam Moore, a 24-year-old Bris­tol man, was ac­cused of open­ing fire on Tay­lor and an­other teen.


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