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Disbelief at killing of tailor

Seaview Gardens man gunned down at Matthews Lane

BY DONNA HUSSEY-WHYTE Sunday Observer staff reporter husseyd@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, January 12, 2014    

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GRANVILLE Taylor hugged the lifeless body of his 68-year-old father Rudolph Taylor as he lay wrapped up in a white sheet on a handcart on the compound of the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) yesterday morning.

That came after he lifted the sheet, wiped his hand in his father's blood and spread it all over his face and chest.

Taylor, who lives at Seaview Gardens in Western St Andrew, was shot and killed around 10:00 am by gunmen who are still unknown to police. The killing took place at his tailor shop on Matthews Lane where family members said he had been doing business for over 30 years.

Police at the KPH police post said that he was rushed to the hospital by two young men on a handcart some 15 minutes after the shooting. However, this did not save Taylor's life as he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

O'Neil Taylor, another of the deceased man's sons, who was quick on the scene, said that he never knew his father to be mixed up in any form of wrongdoing, or of having any dispute with anyone.

"I would feel better if he was sick and dead," O'Neil said as he tried to come to terms with the killing. "But to know that is gunshot kill him, gunshot? My father don't mix up in any gun business. Him work for him honest bread. Him don't business with anything like that," he said.

O'Neil said that in all his 30 years he has only known his father to go to his business place and return home. Therefore, for him to be killed by the gun was unforeseen. He had no theory as to what could have led to his father's death.

Taylor's killing seems even more puzzling to his wife Olive as she arrived at the hospital with no prior knowledge that he was dead. She was only told that he was shot and that she should come quickly. She was just in time to see the vehicle in which her husband's body was placed only minutes before, about to leave the compound. She said she had expected to see him alive.

"Is where him deh," she asked her son looking around, only to receive the news that he was dead and wrapped up inside the van.

After being comforted by one of her sons, she too described her husband as a loving man who was never mixed up with anyone. Her last conversation with him when he left for work in the morning was nothing unusual. There was no last goodbye.

"Last night he went to a set-up," she said. "And this morning I hear him make a funny sound from him throat that I never like, so I asked him what it was. I didn't like the sound, but he said he was allright. I had some change for him and he asked me for it and I went to the shop. When I returned he was gone. That was the last I spoke to him," Taylor's wife of 26 years said.

One woman, who could not control her tears, related that it was only the night before that she was talking to the deceased and he was mentioning that young men these days seem to be so engrossed in guns, and that it was something he just did not like.

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