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Dead teen was a ‘mama’s boy’

Dead teen was a ‘mama’s boy’ DEVON TAYLOR ((GP))

Tue, October 16, 2012 - 12:08 AM

DEVON TAYLOR, the 16-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed on Saturday during a dispute with another youth, was described as a “mama’s boy” who did everything he could for his mother and four younger siblings.

In a telephone interview yesterday, his greataunt Georgia Burnette said Devon often helped around the house and was the apple of his mother Sabrina Taylor’s eye.

“He was very friendly and helpful and was always a mama’s boy. She [Taylor] was so attached to her five kids and he was her firstborn,” she said.

Burnette said Taylor had taken the death of her son hard and, coupled with the death of her grandmother Eunitha Taylor-Wiggins – Burnette’s mother – last Thursday as a result of a massive stroke, was now hospitalized. She said Taylor was “looking a little better” since the incident.

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 1 year, 10 months ago
Another precious young life violently snuffed out before it had a chance to blossom. Precious, because like all of mankind, Devon was made in the image of GOD. So sad. Ever since the sin of our first parents, violence among other sins, entered the world and has been around for generations. Remember the case of Cain slaying his brother Abel due to his anger and jealousy.

But violence is more prevalent today than ever. Man contends with and kills his fellow man over silly things: a girlfriend, neck chain, designer sneakers, unpaid loans, disputed property line, accidentally stepping on someone's toes at a dance, looking at another in the "wrong" way and the list goes on. Man's inhumanity to man sickens the soul. Causes untold grief and suffering. Makes one want to wave the proverbial magic wand and make it go away.

Deepest condolences are extended to this grieving, distressed family. It's always painful for a parent to lose a son/daughter, especially one so young. May the Lord comfort all of the family members and friends of this young man. May his death be a reminder to us all that life is brief, departure from this world is imminent and as such, we should be prepared to meet our Maker when summoned.

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 1 year, 10 months ago
Devon's Taylor's stabbing death sadly reacquaints us with the topic of violence in our society.
I can hear some readers ask, "Well Bridgie, how would you attempt to solve the problem of violence which is one among many ills which continue to plague contemporary society?"

As a Christian, I would answer that by saying every problem, vexing situation, challenge, perplexity must be taken first and foremost before the throne of the Lord GOD Almighty who is all-knowing, via intercessory prayer. Also, I would encourage the people of the Lord (myself included) to try their utmost to constantly model love, forgiveness, peacemaking etc. so that the unsaved see first hand how the Lord wants us to live, how to solve problems, handle situations, be peacemakers etc.

Practically speaking, we need to listen to the youth and when we have opportunity, talk TO them as opposed to talking AT them. We need to cease writing them off as never amounting to anything and begin to let them know that irrespective of their background/past, social standing, present lot in life, social standing and the like, they are precious in GOD's sight because He made them by setting life in motion. They must know too that there's a better way for one to live. We must give them hope, a life to which to look forward. Their minds, attitudes, approach to life must first be changed before we see tangible positive results/outcomes.

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 2 months ago
Very Sad for all concerned. Let's work wherever possible to ensure that this madness comes to an end.

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