Woman killed on Fourth Street remembered for bright smile and even brighter personality

August 16, 2019 06:03 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The hunt is on for the person who brutally shot and killed a young woman in her Rochester home Thursday night.

Rochester police officers found Shaniece Taylor, 26, in her home on Fourth Street with a gunshot wound to her upper body. 


She was known affectionately as "Sha."  Her family members say she was loving and always smiling.     

They say the crime doesn't make sense. 

It was an emotional scene Thursday night as family members on Fourth Street were just learning what officers had discovered inside Taylor's apartment.

On Friday, Taylor's aunt fought back tears as she showed pictures and spoke of the gentle young woman with the face of an angel, a winning smile, and an even brighter personality. 

"She had the spirit that, if you were down she would give you that big pretty smile that you would lighten up," said Taylor's aunt Michele Floyd. "Right now, if something was going on and she was here, we would all smile, we would all laugh because Sha would make you. That squeaky voice that she had would brighten our hearts."

Taylor lived alone at her home on Fourth Street. She was the second youngest in her family with three sisters and a brother.

Police say someone called 911 Thursday night to report gunshots in the area. When police went into Taylor's apartment they discovered her body. Floyd says her niece was shot in the face. Her family thinks someone was very angry with the 26-year-old and they don't understand it.

"She never harmed anybody, she never had a broken heart with anybody and if she did you would never know it, because she didn't show it," said Floyd.

Her family is angry that Taylor's life was taken so brutally. Floyd says Taylor didn't deserve to die like this.

"I had to wake my mom up to tell her her grand-baby was murdered last night. Do you know how I felt to tell my mom that?" said Floyd. "Can anybody feel my pain? I just want somebody to tell me its not true. I just want one person to come to me and tell me it's not true, you're dreaming...but they can't. They can't." 

Rochester Police are asking if you have any information about this crime to call 911 or Crimestoppers at (585) 423-9300.


Lynette Adams

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