Family of South Bend shooting victim says violence must stop


SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- As police continue to look for the suspect in the shooting death of 19-year-old Cornell Taylor, the teen's family is pleading for peace.

St. Joseph County Metro Homicide says 18-year-old Shyheem Jones gunned Taylor down after an argument on Fremont Street in March.

Taylor was rushed to the hospital, where he later died from multiple gunshot wounds.

"I didn't expect my son to be taken this way or this early," said Taylor's mother, Falana McLeod. "He's only 19 years old. No mother expects that."

McLeod says her son was the fourth of seven children. He was a dedicated church-goer with a passion for music.

Taylor and Jones knew each other from school. But, family members don't know what led to the shooting.

"I don't think people realize when you play with a gun, you could take somebody's life," said Taylor's cousin, Alyssa Whiting.

Taylor's family is hopeful Jones will turn himself in so they can begin to move forward with their grief.

And, they want other South Bend youth to learn from their family's tragedy.

"I don't want no retaliation," McLeod said. "I just want the violence to stop. And, I wish my son's death could help that."

Anyone with information on Jones' whereabouts can leave an anonymous tip with CrimeStoppers at 288-STOP.


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