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Saturday, 3 October 2009

Cameron Taylor, gang member remains at large six months after a roadway shooting that left a passing motorist dead from a single rifle shot.


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Cameron Taylor, a documented member of one of the city's most notorious street gangs, disappeared after the March 24 shooting in which rival gang members fired across afternoon traffic on South 16th Street. south Phoenix gang member remains at large six months after a roadway shooting that left a passing motorist dead from a single rifle shot.Earlier this week, Phoenix police's Silent Witness program listed Taylor, 22, among its most-wanted suspects. The 5-foot-11, 150-pound suspect, who goes by the nickname Woo, is accused of attempted murder and other crimes in the shooting north of Broadway Road. The stray bullet killed Gilbert Leon, 54, who was driving home after taking his nephew to lunch just blocks from the neighborhood where he grew up. Leon's parents said they continue to work with Silent Witness to share their son's story in hopes that others will learn from his memory.
"That's all we have - memories," said Leon's mother, Clemencia Leon, 77.
"We don't mind it because we hope it will help . . . to tell these gang members what they did, killing an innocent person," she said.While Taylor has gone missing, police arrested a 17-year-old gang member in May on suspicion of firing the fatal rifle shot in Leon's murder. Arkeem Coleman was indicted on 12 felony counts ranging from first-degree murder to endangerment and assisting a criminal street gang. He pleaded not guilty, and his next scheduled hearing is slated for later this month in Maricopa County Superior Court. Police believe Taylor and Coleman were two of the gang members shooting at or threatening each other from vehicles traveling north on 16th Street. disappeared after the March 24 shooting in which rival gang members fired across afternoon traffic on South 16th Street. Earlier this week, Phoenix police's Silent Witness program listed Taylor, 22, among its most-wanted suspects. The 5-foot-11, 150-pound suspect, who goes by the nickname Woo, is accused of attempted murder and other crimes in the shooting north of Broadway Road.
The stray bullet killed Gilbert Leon, 54, who was driving home after taking his nephew to lunch just blocks from the neighborhood where he grew up. Leon's parents said they continue to work with Silent Witness to share their son's story in hopes that others will learn from his memory."That's all we have - memories," said Leon's mother, Clemencia Leon, 77. "We don't mind it because we hope it will help . . . to tell these gang members what they did, killing an innocent person," she said.While Taylor has gone missing, police arrested a 17-year-old gang member in May on suspicion of firing the fatal rifle shot in Leon's murder. Arkeem Coleman was indicted on 12 felony counts ranging from first-degree murder to endangerment and assisting a criminal street gang. He pleaded not guilty, and his next scheduled hearing is slated for later this month in Maricopa County Superior Court. Police believe Taylor and Coleman were two of the gang members shooting at or threatening each other from vehicles traveling north on 16th Street.


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