CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Deon Taylor was shot at a gas station on Cleveland’s East Side early Saturday morning when he tried to keep the peace during an argument that flared between his friend and two suspects.
The East Cleveland youth football coach was hit in the stomach, rushed to a hospital and later died, according to Cleveland Police.
“It’s hard. It’s painful because this guy was a real good guy. He always thought family and friends first," said Antonio Marshall, a fellow coach and friend of Taylor.
The East Cleveland community mourned Taylor’s loss, as the 35-year-old played a pivotal role in mentoring youth players on and off the field.
“The person who killed him: please turn yourself in. Come on, please. It’s just going to make us feel better, and it’s going to try and make you a better person,” said Aiden Buchanan, a former East Cleveland Chiefs football player.
Wednesday’s candlelight memorial was held at Forest Hills Park, where Taylor’s team would practice and play.
“If he gone, that means God’s got him. We have his kids, his family. We are going to take care of this part,” said cousin Jerome Holmes.
Taylor was shot at the Marathon gas station in the 1200 block of East 185th Street.
The shooter fled on foot, and police have not announced any arrests in connection with the murder.