LANCASTER – Family members of former Army Sergeant Nathen Taylor pleaded with the community Thursday morning to come forth with any information regarding Nathen’s murder. As an incentive, County Supervisor Michael Antonovich proposed a $20,000 reward in exchange for information leading to the capture of those involved.
“I really hope this reward will get people to come forward,” said Tiffany Tillman, Nathen’s fiance. “You would be surprised with what small amount of information would help. I ask you to please please come forward…we’re not going to be able to rest until justice is served, so we beg you whoever might know something or who saw something, please come forward. Please help us.”
Nathen Taylor was shot and killed in front of his brother’s home at 733 West Avenue H-7 in Lancaster. The sheriff’s department is still investigating the shooting.
“More than anything we just need to have whoever did this behind bars,” said Kinnzie Taylor, Nathen’s sister. “My brother, the way he was killed, everyone should take it personal…that could be your father, that could be your brother, your son. So everyone should take it personal and everyone should try their best to get involved.”
She added that she’s not sure how much offering a reward will help, but she said she hopes it will give some incentive for people to want to speak up.
“At the end of the day it’s in God’s hands and we just pray that someone above all will know that it is morally right to come up and say something,” Kinnzie Taylor said. “We just pray that that is something that will make people want to talk.”
Because of gangs in the area, Kinnzie Taylor said she recognizes that people may be afraid to report something.
“There’s a street code, and that’s what they like to go by so they can be scared or they don’t believe in snitching or whatever it may be, but my brother was not a gang member,” Kinnzie Taylor said. “He does not live under that street code. This is a man who served his country, that’s the type of man he was.”
Family and friends are also asking the city of Lancaster to give their support by adding on to the reward proposed by Antonovich.
“We think this is a bold effort for Mike Antonovich and the board of supervisors to step forward,” said Reverend V. Jesse Smith, a member of The Community Action League. “No other elected official has done that as of yet. It’s a community effort as well and that’s why we’re here with the family on behalf of the community.”
“Our brother Nathen Taylor has been murdered in our community,” said Pharoah Mitchell, another member of TCAL. “This is each and every one of our brothers, our sisters and our young men. We as a community are standing up as a whole against the few to let them know we’re not going to accept this in the Antelope Valley community.”
Anyone with information on the murder of Nathen Taylor is urged to contact Sergeant Richard Garcia or Detective Mitch Robison at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be given at the “Crime Stoppers” hotline at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
Antonovich’s $20,000 reward offer is expected to be approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 22.