August 18, 2019 11:29 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – As friends and family of Shaniece Taylor gathered in Rochester’s Maplewood Park, they did so with heavy hearts.
Taylor was shot and killed in her home on Fourth Street last week. Her loss is one which, her mother, Karen Taylor, says has left the family in pain.
But, she says, having people there to support them numbs the pain, just a little.
"Look at all these people here.” Taylor said, “Everybody love my baby and happy that everybody's here."
As people mourn, Shaniece’s suspected killer is still at large, and her mom says family and friends just want the person caught. But, as they seek justice in Shaniece’s death, there's a push to try and prevent other shooting deaths from happening to other families.
"This fight is bigger than one person," said Executive Director for Rise Up Rochester Wanda Ridgeway
Rise Up Rochester is a group dedicated to helping families impacted by gun violence and Ridgeway was at the vigil to comfort people, but also to try and inspire change.
"We need people to stand up and just do something," Ridgeway said.
Earlier on Sunday, gun control advocates pushed for stricter gun background checks mainly related to recent mass shootings across the country. Ridgeway attended Sunday’s rally and agreed with the points made, but she says gun violence goes beyond just those shootings.
"A gun is a gun," said Ridgeway. "If it's out here taking lives, we have to do something."
It’s a sentiment shared by Shaniece’s aunt, Michele Floyd.
"Mothers are hurting, mothers are crying out, fathers are crying," Floyd said
Both Floyd and Ridgeway say curbing violence is not a simple fix as they say it takes a combination of both gun and crime control.
Something they say cannot be done alone.
"We just need to show love," Ridgeway said. "Get back to being that community."
And they're making the push, with Shaniece in mind.
"She’s not here in person, but she's here in spirit," Taylor said.
If you have any information which could help Shaniece Taylor’s case, Rochester Police encourage you to call 911 or Crimestoppers at (585) 423--9300.
Updated: August 18, 2019 11:29 PM
Created: August 18, 2019 10:39 PM
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