Thousands attended to pay last respects to slain college sophomore and football player at Angelo State University, Christian Taylor, on Saturday. Funeral rites were held in Arlington at Koinonia Christian Church and were witnessed by family, teammates and friends.
Also present at the funeral were Arlington Police Chief William Johnson and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. Taylor, 19, was shot on August 7 at about an hour after midnight, after Arlington Police received and responded to a burglary call from a car dealership.
Brad Miller, a newbie in Arlington Police Department, was among those who went to the scene and shot to death Taylor who was said to have crashed Buick GMC’s front window.
The football player was unarmed. He sustained gunshot wounds on his neck, chest and abdomen. According to reports, Taylor was shot when he attempted to flee from the scene. But rather than allowing his training officer and other police officers subdue Taylor with a Taser, Miller, 49, acted on his own and failed to communicate with other officers.
‘A modest kid’
Neighbors who attended the services described the young boy, known to his friends as “CJ” as a “modest kid who had a promising future” and “was outgoing, loving and family-oriented,” as reported by Chicago Tribune.
“The person you see on TV isn’t the individual I knew,” said neighbor Billy Gipson.
Due to exercising poor judgment in handling the situation, Miller was relieved from post as announced by Johnson on a press conference on Tuesday.