Police still investigating double homicide, relief fund set up

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 12:14pm

The city of Shreveport suffered its first two homicides of the year in a west Shreveport neighborhood over the weekend.

Neighbors and family of Linda Taylor, 58, and her daughter Rashonda Taylor, 33, were shocked to hear of the tragic death of these two women in a double homicide at their home in the 4100 block of Baxter Street on Saturday.  Sgt. Bill Goodin, Shreveport Police Department spokesman, told us that the two women appeared to have been shot multiple times.  Both women were pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Goodin explained that some family members and friends of the two women went to the house to check on the women on Saturday.  "At that point, they found a door that appeared to have been forced (open)."

After family members and friends told investigators that Rashonda's two children should have been with her at the time, officers were able to locate both children at a home in the 8100 block of Hobbs Drive with their father and another man.  Investigators questioned both men, but they have since been released.  No charges have been filed in this case.

Bishop Larry L. Brandon of Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral arrived at the scene after one of his church members sent him a text message about the incident.  "The mood there was a lot of shock and sadness there, but yet there was some joy there because (neighbors) could pull together to support the family."

Bishop Brandon and his church opened a Chase Bank account to support the needs of the two children, 10 and 12, that Rashonda leaves behind.  "We set up this account to be a blessing towards the children in a small way," Bishop Brandon told us.  "Because we can never replace their grandmother or mother."

Donations can be made at any Chase Bank branch under the Praise Temple's Taylor Family Relief Fund.  For more information, you can call Praise Temple FGBC at (318) 631-5683.


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