By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
A mother sat on the front porch of a Scales Street residence Tuesday afternoon and mourned the loss of her son who was killed Saturday night in Corinth.
“He visited me every day,” said Pamela Gardner Taylor of her firstborn son Donald Taylor, 35.
“Donald was a loving guy,” Pamela told Corinth Today. “He was so kindhearted. That was the way I raised him.”
Domonick Thompson, 34, of Corinth, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting. Donald’s body was found in the road at the corner of Penn and Meigg streets.
Donald and Domonick went to daycare together and had been friends in the past, Pamela said.
Donald’s grandmother Doris Agnew said she still had not grasped that her grandson was dead.
“It is unreal,” Doris said.
There has been a huge outpouring of support from the community since Donald was killed, Pamela said.
“The community is just beautiful,” she said. “They’ve just been so wonderful, and the support we have gotten has been great. It’s greatly appreciated.”
She said her son was so well liked that there are more than 20 pallbearers for the funeral. Within about 20 minutes Tuesday, two people stopped by to drop off flowers and a card.
“Everybody loved him,” Pamela said, crying.
While the loss of her son is a tragedy, it is also God’s will, she said.
“God prepared me for this a long time ago when all the other mothers were losing their sons,” Pamela said.
She said she and her son loved each other and that he liked to joke around with her and said she was “country.”
Other than seeing his mom every day, Donald would also visit his grandmother.
“He was just my heart; there was nothing that he wouldn’t do for me,” said Doris, 81. “Every day he would come by and say, ‘Granny, you need me to do anything?’”
Doris and Pamela say the violence in Corinth needs to stop and that people need to love each other and practice non-violence.
But Pamela is skeptical that the violence will stop with the current youth culture that embraces “hardcore rap.”
She pointed out that there was another fatal shooting a while back just a street over.
“I just can’t understand (the violence),” said Doris, adding that youth should be in church where she raised her children. “You’ve got to have God. You can’t do it by yourself.”
The violence is “senseless,” and those who pick up a gun to resolve disputes are cowards, Pamela asserted. There are too many guns, and felons are getting them too, said Pamela. Domonick, the man accused of her son’s murder, was also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
“I think when you take a gun with you that you are looking for trouble,” Doris said. “If you get mad, you don’t think at that moment; you just grab a gun and start shooting.”
Pamela said she always told Donald that he needed to listen to her.
“I would always tell him, ‘Son you need to take heed to what your mama’s telling you.’ My mother taught me a lot, and she thought I wasn’t listening. But I’m almost here 60 years from listening to really what my mama told me when she thought I wasn’t even listening.”
Donald had just gotten a job at a local furniture company last week and was smart, Pamela said. He was very good with computers and musically talented, she added.
“He was just musically inclined to spit a rhyme out just like that,” she said. “He loved the freestyle.”
Meanwhile, the family is leaning on God during this hard time.
“We are holding onto God’s unchanging hand, and all we ask is that He keeps guiding us and leading us in the right direction, order our steps. He’s our only hope, our only salvation,” said Pamela.