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Signs: Facebook Kid Killed Despite Uncle’s Intervention


SIGNS THE WORLD IS COMiNG TO AN END…this is a tragic one that definitely didn’t have to happen. Remember the video from back in January 2011 of the young boy whose uncle beat him down for perpetrating as a fake gangster on Facebook?

Well, it seems that the highly-publicized Tough Love from his uncle didn’t save him…16-year-old Michael Taylor, was recently shot and killed right outside his New Orleans home in a real-life thuggin’ situation. Here’s the story from gossiponthis.com:

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Michael Taylor, 16, was found shot to death shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 when deputies responded to a report of gunshots in the area. Taylor had been shot multiple times.

Sgt. Larry Dyess, JPSO spokesman, told the Times-Picayune that authorities had no suspect or motive in the incident.

Taylor’s mother, Kimberly Ward, told the newspaper that she kept strict tabs on her son, even making him stay on the sidewalk in eyesight of their home when he went outside. The night of the shooting, she said, Taylor received a text message from a friend at about 8 p.m. and went outside to chat.

“She said she called him back inside a few minutes later to find out what was going on, and he told her he was just talking and went back outside. A few minutes later, her daughter received a text message saying that Taylor had been shot, and then another saying he was dead,” the newspaper reported.

“Ward said she rushed from the house, driving around the neighborhood looking for her son, but didn’t find him until she was coming back to her apartment complex. That’s when she saw his body on the cold sidewalk, clad in the red sweatshirt she’d noticed when he left the house.

“I came home and saw my son on the ground,” Ward said.

In the YouTube video, posted in January, Taylor’s uncle ordered him to disavow any ties to gangs, announced that the family “don’t come from that sh–,” and then proceeded to take off his belt and spank Taylor in full view of the laptop camera.

Rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman spoofed the video, as did another video site called StuntKidzTV.

The original video sparked tons of reaction, from people who applauded the uncle’s actions, calling it an overdue return to old-school parenting and discipline, to those who speculated the public flogging might drive the teenager deeper into a gang’s circle because the youth had been humiliated.

Back in January, this seemed funny – at least funny enough for rappers to spoof the kid and his uncle. But, losing a life that could have been saved is never a joke. Let’s stop this senseless violence, people. That young boy had a promising life ahead of him, and apparently, an uncle who cared. More kids need Tough Love, and hopefully, before it’s too late.

  • junioray

    Wow, im hurt by reading this. A parent being a parent and the inevitable happened. This shows that no matter how good of a parenting job you do, or how persistent you are as a parent, its still up to the child to make that decision which affects his or her own life. From an ass whippin on facebook, to a child on the corner with a sign that says “this is my punishment for smoking weed”. If there was a guaranteed way to raise your child to be productive and safe, that parent would be a millionaire.
    I still commend you parents whether your child have failed you or not, but just dont give up on them. You stil cant change fate.

    • TheBoxcarHobo

      All you can do is equip your kids with the proper tools to have the best chance to succeed. It’s sad that bullsh*t happens anyway, but thats life unfortunately. RIP lil homie. I feel for the family, they tried to prevent this.

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  • Damn! RIP!

    Hope it wasn’t some gang $hyt!

  • NorthDollasTX

    “train your child up in the way that he should go…even when he is old he shall not depart”
    Proverbs 22

    “thas’ why WE call it FATHERHOOD … cuz the HOOD, FATHER kids better than they own FATHERS WOULD”
    -ndtx

  • Jeff Najarro

    man. sadd.

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  • These streets ain’t no joke. Sad story, bruh. Sad story.

  • King Cold

    Damn shame. Can’t stunt and expect to survive. Its a cold world. RIP

  • TruthSerum

    How was dude ever gonna get any street respect after that video, his own gang probably killed him for making them look stupid on world star

  • Big Ice Bastardman ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Who uploaded that video to begin with?

    • TruthSerum

      His uncle did, the guy whoopin his ass, I dont know where these idiots get the idea that public humiliation is the best way to prove a point, probably just made the kid worse in the long run

      • Big Ice Bastardman ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I agree. I’m a big advocate of the internet and sharing, but some things are best kept private.

      • IcarianHeights

        spot on!

  • Senseless violence. Horrible!

  • beavereatsgood

    Lil Wayne and Birdman DID NOT spoof the video… BEP (animators) spoofed the video with the characters being Birdman and Wayne

  • alittleunwell

    This is so very sad. I hear a lot of criticism of the boy’s uncle but I really think he was doing the best he knew to do. Was it right? Maybe not, but he tried. He tried to step in, tried to make the boy think about what he was getting into. He cared, and for that I give him credit. He did what he thought was necessary to protect his family.  I don’t find fault in him because if enough people cared, or were man enough to take a belt to a child getting in trouble maybe we wouldn’t be where we are today. One more thing, it should’ve been his father to take a belt to his behind but I guess he wasn’t around to do it. I don’t think it should’ve gone on YouTube but I wasn’t wrong to whip him. When I was a kid growing up in the 60’s we got spanked. Our neighbors disciplined us if they caught us acting up. Now everyone lets the kids do what they want and they’re killing each other. He was just a child and it’s my hope he rests in peace with the Lord.

    • TruthSerum

      the kid deserved to get his ass beat no question, but posting that shit online and humiliating a teenager isnt gonna accomplish anything but making him worse, imagine the harassment he probably got at school after that tape leaked, probably made him feel he had to prove he was tough to all the kids who were fuckin with him, inadvertantly that video could have made him worse and helped lead to his death

      sites like World Star and even this one at times need to think about what there doing, there contributing to alot of emotional stress lead on byt posting these clips and then when the person being victimized reacts or winds up hurt, they walk away and act like they aint played a role in that shit

      I’m all for Freedom of Speech but the online community makes me question myself from time to time, how much further are people gonna take this shit, one day World Star is gonna post a video of some girl gettin raped and defend it on the grounds of Freedom of the press……… Where does it stop??

      • alittleunwell

        I agreed with you it shouldn’t have been posted on line. I’m beginning to wonder how much YouTube and it’s viral video fame is contributing to the violence in our society.

      • Banana Topskis, M.D.

        yea thats how the “knockout game” spread so fast, thru sites like worldstar, youtube and liveleak.

  • rep87

    you better know what you getting into before you turn your life over to the streets others should learn from this didnt know this young man but life is short enough his family cared this so called glam life of gangstr,s many will die only afew live to tell the story others in jail for life.

  • this is very very sad to hear about, however, i dont feel that it was the uncles doing or that any repercussions that had happened were because of what the uncle did!! i applaud the uncle! if someone felt the need to shoot him over anything that just means they are cowards! anyone who uses a gun for all intends and purposes of killing another human being are cowards!!!!

  • RedBlack

    Damn………….. major major loss, people.

  • Sad….

  • You made a great point in this post.

  • ADB

    DCS took my 12 year old stepson and my 14 month old because I spanked my 12 year old in the same manner and left bruises…I’m still asking myself why they had to take my kids.

    • TrollSeeker

      They are a HUGE difference in spanking and beating. A spanking doesn’t leave bruises!

      • TealRose

        No,not so much. Or do you think that if a guy ‘just’ touches a woman’s ass that it isn’t abuse? Or do you look and see that YES .. it IS abuse .. and while it may be the first step on the ladder that goes all the way to rape and murder .. it IS STILL ABUSE. Just like if one of us hit you .. one time … it’s abusive to you .. or to a child. It is far worse hitting a child who can’t even leave it’s abuser.

        There is a HUGE different between discipline and violence. Discipline means to teach .. not to hit. No one learns correctly in an atmosphere of fear. FEAR is NOT respect.

      • TrollSeeker

        That’s the reason why kids act out more is because they don’t get their asses whipped. My kid gets her ass busted if she does wrong. I tell her to clean her room and she does so. She doesn’t mouth off or act out. She makes straight A’s. She doesn’t pretend she’s in a gang or associate with that kind. Not because I so no but because she knows that’s not good for her.

      • TealRose

        So Mr/s Troll. Kids actually are NOT acting out more in most places … Please explain why in Europe where in most places hitting children has been banned children and the subsequent adults are calmer in the main than those in the USA ? Why is it that Sweden who stopped hitting children over 3 decades ago have had abuse and violence levels drop to an all time low, so far that they are closing jails ??

        Mouth off ? You the big adult can’t take that ?? I bet you do if your other half mouths off. I would hope you don’t hit THEM as of course it is deemed abuse even in the States. Act out ?? You can’t deal with that either without hitting your daughter ?? Have you ever thought that your child might be acting that way .. because they have some problem or other ?? What kind of parent are you …. certainly not one who is teaching that child gentle kind behaviour, you are not demonstrating it either. So she makes straight A’s. So do a lot of children who are treated more kindly and not hit ~ but you should learn that in the States that allow paddling the educational levels are lower than most ofthers and also the violence and abuse levels are higher…. interesting that eh ??

        Perhaps your daughter as a child, simply has more sense than you think, and isn’t associated with a gang because she knows it’s dangerous to do so. She didn’t need you being heavy handed and unable to discipline ie teach her right from wrong … she needed/s you to be able to talk, demonstrate, and be there for her. To discuss things … she should be able to have a voice and be learn how to discuss her point of view politely, even if you .. or anyone else is going to disagree with her.

      • TrollSeeker

        Actually she voices her opinion a lot. She always has a say so in most cases. She knows what friends are bad to be around and doesn’t hang with anyone who is bad influence. I assume you’re not even in America so you wouldn’t know what it is like here.

    • Good

      Woah. Bruises?
      They deserved to be taken away from you, animal.

  • Banana Topskis, M.D.

    I almost wonder if it was that video and him “disavowing” ties to gangs that got him killed. Apparently after that video was uploaded he was mercilessly ridiculed by everyone at his school, not to mention all the comments that people would have posted about him online. Makes me wonder if a real gang banger killed him for being a poser or something?