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Victim in Aurora shooting incident ‘loved her kids’

Rachel Taylor shot killed domestic incident Aurora's West Side Monday night. | Submitted

Rachel Taylor, shot and killed in domestic incident on Aurora's West Side Monday night. | Submitted

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Updated: February 16, 2014 6:32AM

AURORA — Things were recently looking up for Rachel Taylor, before she was shot and killed in an alleged domestic incident on the city’s West Side Monday night.

“There were glimmers of hope,” said Warehouse Church Pastor Randy Schoof, who mentored Rachel’s family while they attended the church. “She had recently found her birth mother and (her family) took that as a good sign.”

Rachel Taylor, 22, was shot several times in the abdomen outside a home in the 500 block of Charles Street Monday night, police said. A 45-year-old Aurora man is in custody after allegedly shooting Rachel during an argument at about 8:25 p.m., police said Tuesday.

Rachel was taken to Presence Mercy Medical Center and pronounced dead. No charges have been filed against the man, police said.

The Aurora Police Department’s Domestic Violence Reduction Unit is investigating the shooting.

Rachel’s adoptive mother, Paulette Taylor, said Rachel had most recently been living in West Chicago with her biological mother. Rachel first connected with her birth mother in October and shortly after moved into the home with her two young children, Paulette Taylor said.

“They were getting to know each other,” Taylor said.

Rachel, a part-time cashier at Walmart in Batavia, was adopted into the Taylor family at birth, Paulette Taylor said Tuesday. Her greatest joy was her two children, 20-month-old Daijanae and 5-month-old Christopher.

“She loved her children and she loved feeling pretty,” Taylor said.

Rachel and her kids were at her adoptive parents’ home in the 1000 block of Garfield Avenue early Monday evening to visit, according to Taylor. Rachel told her adoptive parents, Paulette and Dan Taylor, that she was then going to stop at her ex-boyfriend’s house in the 500 block of Charles Street on her way home to West Chicago. Rachel’s ex-boyfriend is also the father of Rachel’s two children, Taylor said.

“She was going to stop over at his house out of niceness for him, so he could see the kids for a little bit,” her adoptive mother said. “That was the plan and something went awry.”

Taylor said Rachel and her ex-boyfriend must have visited for about an hour before the shooting took place at about 8:30 p.m.

After dating for three years, Rachel decided to break up with him after their relationship had been volatile for about a year, according to Taylor.

Before she moved in with her biological mother, Rachel was living with him, according to Taylor.

“She just couldn’t take it anymore. Rachel just had to get away because it wasn’t good for the kids. It wasn’t a good relationship,” Taylor said.

Rachel was trying to be amicable for the kids’ sake, but she didn’t know how much she could trust him, her adoptive mother said.

Rachel is a 2009 West Aurora graduate and attended Elgin Community College for one year, according to Taylor. West Aurora spokesman Mike Chapin confirmed that a Rachel Taylor graduated from West Aurora in 2009.

Rachel is survived by her adoptive parents, adopted older brother David Taylor, biological mother Uhura Sasse and her two children. Arrangements are pending.

Reporter Erika Wurst
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