Friends Remember Neighbor Killed in Murder/Suicide - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/20/07

Friends Remember Neighbor Killed in Murder/Suicide

NewsChannel 11 has learned that the Lubbock man who fatally shot his wife before killing himself had a criminal history. Shadricke Taylor was arrested for domestic violence in 2002 . Moreover, in 2005, he was arrested for an open beverage container and marijuana.

Taylor was apparently arguing with his estranged wife at her home in the 2100 block of 25th Street. Just before 3:00 in the morning, he fatally shot his wife, Wendy Taylor, and turned the gun on himself.

The couple's three youngest children, ages 4, 8 and 9 were in the next room with the baby-sitter. Their 12-year-old was staying with a friend. All four kids are now staying with their grandparents.

Meanwhile the kids in the neighborhood are leaving memorials on Taylor's doorstep.

Many, NewsChannel 11 spoke with, say Wendy Taylor was the heart of the block. On Monday evening, a group of children left a cross with her name on it and candles. A tribute to a woman, those of all ages around the neighborhood, called a friend.

"I miss you very much and I want to tell you this when I'm in heaven with you I will always love you very much. I will never forget you," 8-year-old friend of Taylor Hailey Salazar said.

The beginning of a goodbye letter Hailey wrote to Wendy.

"I wish you were here right now so I could talk to you and you are an angel," Hailey said.

Hailey's mom, Heather, knew Wendy for nearly a decade and says the Taylor house was a neighborhood-gathering place.

"Wendy's house was the hang out house, especially on Halloween. Wendy would throw parties for the kiddos and buy those jumpers, so the kids could jump in the jumpers. She was a good gal," Heather said.

So-much-so, a group of neighborhood children left a large handmade cross with Wendy's name on it on the Taylor's front porch.

"Eight little kids came walking up to the door way, and they just put this cross with her in memory of her," neighbor Joann Martinez said.

However, it is not just Wendy they're missing. It's the entire family of six.

"They were the heartbeat of the neighborhood. Without them here, it's just so quiet," Martinez added.

Hailey and her dad also made cross necklaces to remember the family and were passing them out to neighbors.

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