WSAZ News Story About KJ Taylor’s Death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A community is searching for a solution after coming face-to-face with a situation they’ve dealt with in the past.

On Wednesday evening, Charleston Police say Kelvin “K.J.” Taylor, 18, was shot and killed on the corner of Central Avenue and Glenwood Avenue around 8:15 p.m. Taylor was a senior at Capital High School, set to graduate next month.

“I have been very outspoken in the city and the community about the gun violence that has been plaguing our youth,” said Charleston City Council Member Deanna McKinney. “We haven’t had any help. There hasn’t been (any) real outrage or cry about this.”

On April 23, 2014, McKinney’s son, Tymel McKinney was shot and killed on his front porch while eating pizza. Police say Tymel was an innocent victim of random gang violence and, ever since, McKinney has been a strong advocate against gun violence in Charleston.