Family Of Gay Black Teen Killed Wants The FBI To Investigate

Washington Parish, LA — Ja’Quarius Taylor, a gay teen from Louisiana, was report­ed­ly found dead near a lake with a shot to the head. His fam­i­ly is urg­ing the FBI to get involved with the inves­ti­ga­tion as they believe that his death was a hate crime.

On January 12, a per­son who was check­ing the water lev­els of the lake called 911 after notic­ing an unre­spon­sive body. An hour before the dis­cov­ery, Taylor’s moth­er noticed he was miss­ing and called 911 as well. Police even­tu­al­ly iden­ti­fied that the body was of Taylor, who also lived near the lake.

Taylor, who is a senior stu­dent at Varnado High School, was gay. Taylor’s fam­i­ly believes that because of his sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tion and race, his death was an anti-gay and anti-Black hate crime.

His fam­i­ly said they are not sat­is­fied with the inves­ti­ga­tion being done by local author­i­ties. They are hop­ing that the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment will get involved “because of the per­ceived con­flicts of inter­est and fam­i­ly rela­tions the local sher­iff may have,” his fam­i­ly said in a state­ment.

Taylor’s death is cur­rent­ly being inves­ti­gat­ed as a homi­cide, accord­ing to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, cit­ing that it could be inves­ti­gat­ed as a hate crime if appro­pri­ate evi­dence will be found.

Last week, a sig­nif­i­cant piece of evi­dence in con­nec­tion with the crime was found by a dive team from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in the lake near where Taylor’s body was found. The evi­dence, which has yet been dis­closed, is being processed by a fed­er­al law enforce­ment crime lab.

We have reached out to our law enforce­ment part­ners on the local, state and fed­er­al lev­els,” Sheriff Randy Seal told Fox8. “Our intent is to leave no stone unturned as all agen­cies work togeth­er to solve this sense­less mur­der.”

Moreover, no arrests have yet been made in the shoot­ing death. A $5,000 reward has been offered for any infor­ma­tion about the sus­pect or the inci­dent.