PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man is dead and his teenage sister is injured following a shooting on Wendell Street, city police confirm.
Col. Hugh Clements said a 20-year-old Providence man, identified as Davon Taylor, was shot to death while sitting in his car at about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Police said Davon’s 15-year-old sister, Destiny Taylor, was sitting next to him in the vehicle and was also struck by gunfire. Emergency crews rushed her to Rhode Island Hospital. Major David Lapatin said at last check he heard the girl was recovering, but her exact condition is not known at this time.
Taylor’s friends and family were emotional while speaking about the young man. Two friends fondly remembered Taylor and said he was known for his loud and loveable personality. His family was devastated, and couldn’t understand what would cause someone to take his life.
“My nephew was a good kid, he stayed in the house, that’s why I can’t believe all this happened,” said the victim’s aunt, Tasha Taylor.
“It’s terrible, I think these kids nowadays need something to do with their lives besides out here tearing each other apart senselessly. It’s sad.” said his grandfather, LeMonte Gill. “We don’t even know the full reason why it happened. Then to shoot his sister too, come on. You have a problem with one person, you don’t shoot everybody.”
“Someone better do something about it,” added Regina Taylor, Davon’s grandmother. “Justice – I just want to see justice.”
Residents and employees in the Wendell Street area said they’re becoming concerned with the increase in violence.
“We’re burying more young kids then we are old people, it is definitely heartbreaking,” said funeral home employee Anthony Hayes. “The problem is they drop out of school and then hang in the streets. They have no hope.”
Police report they have made progress in the investigation but no arrests have been made.
Target 12 Investigator Tim White contributed to this report.