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Corinth Mother Whose Son Was Killed Says Violence Must Stop

Donald Taylor was pronounced dead after a shooting incident Saturday night in Corinth. (Courtesy Photo)

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.


  1. Whitney Stewart Whitney Stewart August 8, 2017

    Praying for you and family. I have said we need more love for our neighbors since my daughter was murdered in 2013. People will act like it doesnt matter about a life if your black,mixed or white dating a black. The truth is it does matter when you choose to pull the trigger to a gun and kill someone, you made a choice to take away someone’s child,mother,father,or sibling. If we take the hurt or anger we have toward someone and part and let God take care of it then we will really understand God’s love. Forgive if our God can forgive us on so many mistakes in our lives then we should have a loving heart like Jesus and forgive others. Again, I am so sorry for your loss and I pray God will give you the peace and understanding that only he can.

  2. Marlon Marlon August 9, 2017

    My condolences to u Pamela and ur family. Only meet him once he seemed cool good guy. Pepa talked of him often she loved him much

    • Sharon Crockett Sharon Crockett August 16, 2017

      My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. He was a real likable person who didn’t bother anyone. Again, I’m so sorry for your loss Ms. Pamela he will be truly missed!!

  3. Jessica wiginton Jessica wiginton August 11, 2017

    Praying for y’all to have comfort,strength,peace, and understanding.. I met him 20+ years ago and became good friends.. He always called my daughter his God daughter.. I miss that smile… Violence in Corinth has gotten way out of control…

  4. Lamorna Spears Williams Lamorna Spears Williams September 2, 2017

    I send my most heart felt condolences. You probably don’t know me but I’m apart of the Slater and Spears families. It is an epidemic of killings involving young black men. They seem to be in a trance when it come to guns. We must some how come together and break this spell. I am praying for you and your family. I also pray for the whole town. That they can be reached and their eyes be opened. The strength of God will see you through.

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