An arrest has been made in the death of 18-year-old Dominique Taylor, shot while sitting in a car three days before Christmas.
Taylor and a friend were in a parking lot at Villa Capri Apartments & Townhomes when gunshots were fired about 10:40 p.m. Dec. 22 The apartments are on South Anthony Boulevard just south of U.S. 27.
Taylor was found in the car suffering from gunshot wounds. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Sofia Rosales-Scatena, Fort Wayne police public information officer, said Wednesday a juvenile was arrested in Taylor's death. Rosales-Scatena did not identify who was arrested. The person's name could become public if he or she is charged as an adult.
Brand Parrish Keitrain, Taylor's mother, issued a statement after the arrest: “For several days, and during these short weeks since my daughter was violently shot and killed, I have waited and waited minute by minute to receive the news of an arrest. I wish I could say that it made me feel better but, the pain of losing a daughter is more than words can say. I am so thankful for the great work Detective (Don) Lewis has done to begin getting Justice for Dominique.
“Our family greatly appreciates the fine work of the FWPD. These individuals are exactly where they belong. ... locked up, so other innocent kids don't get hurt. They need to be held accountable for their actions. My daughter is forever missed and loved by so many.”
Parrish Keitrain attended Tuesday's Fort Wayne City Council meeting, imploring council members to require better lighting and surveillance cameras at key apartment buildings. Her daughter, who worked full time, had just moved into her own apartment a few weeks ago.
“I drove out there trying to understand what could be done differently for our community,” Parrish Keitrain told the council.
There are “15- or 16-year-olds carrying guns that would take out a whole family multiple times,” she said. She is hoping police will find others who were involved.
Rosales-Scatena said detectives have taken six handguns and a rifle off the streets and are making headway in recent homicides “and also the shooting of the 13-year-old on Monday night.”
The 13-year-old boy opened the door of his home in the 3800 block of Euclid Avenue around 10:45 p.m. Monday and was shot. His injuries were determined to be not life-threatening.
A day earlier, an 8-year-old boy was shot inside a home in the 3200 block of Logan Avenue. At first, his injuries were deemed life-threatening but later determined as not life-threatening.
Rosales-Scatena said police “are currently developing solid leads on person(s) of interest in these serious crimes.”
“Expect more arrests soon,” she said.