- Associated Press
Thursday, April 8, 2021

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia police chief says solving the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old high school student who played football and basketball is “priority No. 1” for his department.

Kelvin “K.J.” Taylor, who attended Capital High School, was gunned down Wednesday in Charleston, police told news outlets.


Police Chief James “Tyke” Hunt called the shooting a “senseless act” said he would pull out all stops to find out who was responsible.

The shooting left the entire community hurting, Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said during a Thursday news conference.

“We will do everything in our power to find who took the life of this young man, a bright, wonderful young man.”

Taylor was shot in the chest around 8 p.m. Police and firefighters tried unsuccessfully to save the teen, Hunt said.

Hunt said he did not know Taylor, but from all reports the teen was a good student who had never been in trouble. He urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact police.


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