HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Gwen Taylor says she talked to her son on the phone about a Thanksgiving Day road trip just 45 minutes before police say someone shot and killed him in a very public place.
Antonio “Tony” Taylor, 25, died Nov. 23, 2015 after being shot several times while sitting inside his parked car at McDonald’s on Aberdeen Road.
It’s been nearly one year of tearful days and sleepless nights for Mrs. Taylor.
“The thought that you won’t hear his voice anymore, there won’t be any hugs anymore, no ‘mama, I love you’ cards.”
Detectives with the Hampton Police Division say they are close to finding Tony’s killer, but they admit they need more information from the public before making an arrest.
“The longer it goes, the harder it becomes to solve,” said Sgt. Matt Bond. “There is some information out there that we know people have. We just need them to come forward and assist us.”
Sgt. Bond say the suspect likely fired the shot while in the car with Taylor before the shooting, but he could not confirm if the suspect was known to Taylor prior to the incident. Investigators say they found Taylor’s body lying just outside the vehicle around 6:00 that night.
Mrs. Taylor says her son graduated with honors from Hampton High School in 2008. The U.S. Navy confirms Taylor served four years active duty and received the following awards: National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and
Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.
“He was active in church. He played the bass guitar … If he saw you coming in with your grocery bag, he would see if you need assistance to take your bag,” she said. “He was a gentleman.”
She’s now hoping more people come forward to help police make an arrest.
Sgt. Bond says the department has received multiple tips from the anonymous Crime Line. Police are asking those people who called to get back in touch with detectives to provide more detailed information.
Mrs. Taylor says, “I know there’s someone who knows something.”