WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Joel Taylor was shot and killed in his apartment in August just two days before his 26th birthday.
Warner Robins Police Department spokesperson Tabitha Pugh said investigators are following strong leads. Taylor's mother Patricia said she won't rest until someone is arrested.
"I don't think I'll ever move forward," Patricia Taylor said, "it's like I'm stuck."
Patricia feels stuck in the past and afraid of what the future holds. According to Patricia, the night of Joel's murder two men entered his apartment shot him and stole some electronics. Joel made his way to the bathroom and locked the door. But the men, knocked the bathroom door down and shot Joel five more times. Patricia worries everyday the killers will come for her next. She said she meets with detectives almost weekly who have told her they are still on the case.
"It's not enough for me to say these things take a while, it's not these things," Patricia Taylor said, "this is my son."
Her son, Patricia describes as her miracle baby. When Joel Taylor was born he was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia and suffered from several strokes. Patricia believes her son was targeted and thinks someone out there knows more.
"He had a girlfriend, I didn't approve of," Taylor, "but you know Joey, he always wanted to help people."
Now Patricia hopes the community will help her find out who murdered her son. Anyone with information in the case is urged to call the Warner Robins Police Department at (478)-929-1170. For anyone who wants to help Patricia Taylor and her family, she's asking for people to donate to the Sickle Cell Disease Association and do it honor of Joel.